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

reviewer#8348 date: Dec-4-2010
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:50/1.7
price paid:
positive:Excellent sharpness. Reliable results in any conditions. Useful from F2.
negative:None really. Bokeh could be better but this is not a portrait lens.
comment:This is probably my best and most used lens. Never got a bad shot from it which could be attributed to lens weakness, and that should say a lot. Sharpness and color is better than 50/1.7. Contrast and flare control is better than 28-135, bokeh is far better than 24-85. Only the 17-35G compares well, but it's almost 2 stops slower.

For APS-C users, the 35/1.8 is probably a better bet, but for FF there is no replacement, other than perhaps the 28/2. Highly recommended.

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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