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

reviewer#2677 date: Aug-31-2007
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:Min 20 f2.8 RS, Min 50 f1.7, KM 28-75 f2.8, ...
price paid:500 €, mint
positive:Sharpness, colours/tonal gradation, bokeh
negative:Smallish manual focus ring as in all old Minolta lenses
comment:The best lens I own for general photography. Macro lenses such as the Min 50 f2.8 or 100 f2.8 have stronger local contrast but - by the same token - this lens is great in rendering subtle tonal and colour differences. Very natural, with the right WB one feels right in the scene. Sharpness is very good from f/2 (!), but still gains to f/2.8 or so. Very usable right at f/1.4, minor local contrast and sharpening tweaks in PP easily take care of the remaining softness. Very good bokeh. A serious piece of glass in terms of weight and build. Focus is not the fastest but only limited by the body's AF intelligence (or my own MF capabilities).

A lens that generates affection.

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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