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

reviewer#9475 date: Oct-6-2011
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:Sigma 24 1.8
Minolta 50 1.4
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:999 USD
Bokeh(next level)
Hand built!
negative:Not a thing
comment: I am amazed by this lens. It has color and bokeh like no other. It has the ability to resolve color and shadow that is amazing. If you can't get a very sharp picture with this lens from F2 send it for repair. I compose pictures differently because of the 35 1.4. The weird thing about it is the blades on my copy are curved and circular to about F8 (oops, more like F5.6-8). I couldn't imagine trying to get a well focused picture without the A900's class leading viewfinder. I guess the RS are circular beyond that aperture. The build is wonderful and these baby's were made by hand. Well worth the price.

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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