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

reviewer#1220 date: Sep-23-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28mm f2 original
50mm f1.4 RS
KM 17-35 f2.8-4
price paid:
missing
positive:Solid build
Perfect sharpness
Incredible bokeh
Rare, rare lens
Internal focusing
Very short minimal focus distance
negative:Manual focus is a pain
Very dificult to use at f1.4 because of narrow DOF
Heavy and very long
comment:What I can say about it. I received this lens in the wrong moment, I am still a novice and I cannot obtain of this lens all that a more experienced photographer can do.

The first photo I took nearly made me to keep it, but I prefer to take an 85/1.4 original first

In long distance focus pics, it is not so impressive, very similar to 17-35 f2.8-4 at f8, maybe the APS sensor is too reduced for this lens. But at f4 it blows out the zoom

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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