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

reviewer#9674 date: Dec-6-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:28/2.8
50/1.7
85/1.4
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:Gorgeous colors, rock-solid build, excellent resolution. Bokeh to die for.
negative:Narrow focus ring (like all the early-generation Minolta AF lenses). Has noticeable curvature of field.
comment:Despite the short focal length, this really shines as a portrait lens. It pairs beautifully with the Minolta 85/1.4; the two give similar "looks", despite the obvious difference in focal lengths.

One rather odd point: though flare is generally very well controlled, it can actually increase as you stop down the lens, so you can get a picture with noticeable flare, even though there was no hint of it in the viewfinder (at least without using DoF preview).

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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