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

reviewer#1953 date: Mar-12-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Sony50/1.4
KM24/2.8
KM28-135, 24-105, 17-35G
price paid:$575
positive:Bokeh, Sharpness, Color, Clarity, build quality.
negative:Can be a bit noisy when focusing.
comment:This lens is my favorite. I've read on the forums how it can disappoint if not used correctly, but I have to disagree. I find that I use it more and more. I've started using it for portraits and landscapes now. It has what I can only descibe as amazing clarity. Not just sharpness, though it is extremely sharp, and not just true color reproduction, but a light transfusion that seems clearer, purer than any of the other lenses I've tried. I have it matched with a CZ135, and while the 135 is sharper and an amazing lens in itself, it, like all of the others still doesn't match the special quality of this lens. Oh, and the bokeh is phenomenal.

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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