Minolta AF 35mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by PeteMag

reviewer#11102 date: May-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 f2.8
Minolta 28-135 4/4.5
Sony 50mm 1.4
price paid:500 pounds
positive:Colour
Rendering
Fast
negative:Softness wide open
comment:On FF this lens is great, the focal length means it excels at full length portraits or of subjects around the size of 2 or 3 human beings. There is softness at 1.4 in my copy, commonly people say the f2 is sharper. However at f2 this lens is very sharp and if you use it in the right circumstances you get great results at 1.4. There's vignetting and some fringing with the old coatings, but easily taken out in PP. If I were rating out of 10 overall I'd give 10, it's just the ratings here on Dyxum that dictate I can't give 5 out of 5 for flare etc.

Can't over emphasise how nice the images are off this gem.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 4.81
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.90
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.62
  • overall: 4.86
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