Minolta AF 35mm F2 A-mount lens review by jvandegr
|jvandegr#10037 date: Mar-19-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 35-70mm f/4|
Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5 - 4.5 (original)
Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
|price paid:||550 USD (near mint)|
|positive:||Very sharp wide open|
Great Minolta color
No chromatic aberration
|comment:||Quite an amazing lens, in that it has the ability to gather light and illuminate shadows like only the best lenses can. It is sharp from f/2, especially in the center. Sharpness falls off very slightly toward the edges, and stopping down just a little can help. My good copy of the Minolta 35-70mm f/4 is about 5-10% sharper on the edges at f/5.6, and nearly as sharp in the center. However, the 35mm f/2 has more realistic colors and a much brighter presentation of shadow areas than the 35-70mm f/4. I have yet to find a copy of the Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5 - 4.5 that can rival either of these lenses at 35mm. Compared to the Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G, this prime is sharper, especially on the edges, and offers better color rendition. In general, I find its performance similar to that of the Minolta 50mm f/1.7, but sharper wide open.|
I have seen no chromatic aberration, no significant field distortion, and I've had no problems with flare because I always use the lens hood. Of course, this hood could be deeper for APS-C, but it's not bad.
Focus speed is very fast, and accuracy is near perfect on my A350 and A580 bodies. Build quality is what you would expect for a 1980's Minolta lens: fantastic. Overall, a wonderful lens that never disappoints.