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

reviewer#8477 date: Jan-4-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:- 35/1.4 G
- 24/2
- 85/1.4
- 50/1.4 (Sony/Sigma)
price paid:700$ (MINT)
positive:+ Fast focusing
+ resonable sharp from wide open in the center
+ compact and lightweight
negative:- extends on focusing
- non SSM
- expensive and rare (hard to get)
- no weather resistant
- Hard Vignetting on Full Frame cameras (not exist after F4)
- practically no CA
comment:This lens no ideal, but if i can choose only one prime lens for my A900 i choose this little prime.

It have very good sharpness stopped down, colors and contrast are neutral. On A900 wide open and at F2.8 hard vignetting. 35mm it's my preferable focus length. Bokeh is not shine. It's no so pleasant like from 35G in near macro shoots, but better than shooting people than 35G and 24-70za@35mm. Also 35/2 much sharper than 35G. Sharpness comparable with 24-70 and very good.

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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