Minolta AF 35mm F2 RS A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45630 date: Dec-31-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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:Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Konica Hexar 28 F3.5
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss 32 F1.8 Touit
Rokinon 35 F1.2
Neewer 35 F1.2
Sony FE 35 F1.4 Distagon
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Samyang AF 35 F1.8
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Yongnuo EF 35 F2
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF 35 F2.8
Sony FE 35 F2.8 Sonnar
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
Pentax-FA 43 F1.8 Limited
Samyang AF 45 F1.8 FE
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 45 F2
Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN C
price paid:238 USD (used)
positive:Bright
Low distortion
Petal hood
negative:Field curvature
Bulky for size of optics
Not sealed
No distance encoder
comment:Minolta released the original 35 F2 a year after the AF 28 F2. This one uses a new optical design unlike the AF 28 F2 which borrowed from the MD III lens. It performs pretty similarly to the MD 35 F1.8. It reuses the body and hood of the AF 28 F2. The optics and body are similar in size to the Sony DT 35 F1.8 lens. Unfortunately the RS versions of the 28mm F2 and 35mm F2 were released before the Maxxum 7 and lack focus distance encoders. They have larger textured rubber focus grips like the 50mm F1.4 RS. "JAPAN"

This was a nice clean copy with original hood and caps listed in an eBay auction by a private individual. It was decently aligned. Like some other Minolta lenses the focus drifted while using it on the LA-EA3 on a tripod.

The optical construction is modular like the AF 50 F1.7. There is just a front and rear set of lens elements with the aperture between. The assemblies are not serviceable. But perhaps these fixed assemblies help reduce variation.

The hood from Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro RS fits securely as does the smaller petal hood from AF 24 F2.8. The larger hoods from the 75-300D and 100-300D also mount but don't lock in place.

It performs similarly to the Yongnuo EF 35mm F2--worse than the 7Artisans 35mm F2 but slightly better than the MD 35mm F1.8. The little Samyang 35mm F2.8 is much better optically. Wide lenses film lenses suffer on digital since they are not designed for the optical stack.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 20
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.90
  • flare control: 4.55
  • overall: 4.79
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