Minolta AF 35mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens review by jeffbozo

reviewer#44406 date: Nov-3-2019
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
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price paid:250
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comment:Overall, I'm very impressed with the old Minolta AF 35mm F/2 lens, it's sharp in the centers at F/2, with the corners sharpening up at F/5.6. I also like the way the mid-to-outer image areas are sharp, making use on an APS-C camera that much better. Light fall-off is slightly noticeable on full frame when used at F/2, but APS-C users avoid this issue. Distortion is mild to moderate, again, depending on sensor size. Ghosting is poor by today's standards, as is coma, but that stuff is manageable. It's a shame Sony hasn't re-issued this lens with updated coating like they did with the 35mm F/1.4. In fact, if you go here, you can see the 35mm F/2 performs better all the way around in sharpness, although you do miss an extra stop of light.



The Minolta AF 35mm F/2 is the best of the wide to normal primes available for your Sony camera (or Minolta) in my opinion, although the 28mm F/2 performs about the same, I guess it all depends on what your favorite focal length is.


APS-C users; has about the same coverage as a 50mm lens on a full frame camera, and coma and light fall-off is almost avoided due to the crop factor.

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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.36
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.91
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.55
  • overall: 4.71
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