Minolta AF 35mm F2 A-mount lens review by asiafish

reviewer#11052 date: Apr-18-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 28/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/1.4100/2.8 Macro, 135.2.8

Carl Zeiss 24/1.8 E Mount
price paid:575 USD
positive:Excellent sharpness and color
negative:Flares more easily than a modern lens
comment:I owned this lens before and loved it, then sold it when I bought the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 24/1.8 for my NEX7. My thought was that I didn't need two expensive lenses with the 35mm (36 on NEX/24 combo) field of view, and following Kurt Munger's (excellent) advise, decided to use the NEX7 with CZ24 and sell the 35/2.

Well, I still love the CZ 24E and still think it is a better lens in this field of view, but the NEX7 is NOT a replacement for the A850, and so I bought another copy of this excellent lens.

The Zeiss 24 is more flare-resistant and has better resolution wide open than the Mino 35, but not by much, and the full frame A850 gives me a lot more control over depth of field. The end result is that when I'm out on a photographic trip I tend to use the 35/2 on the A850 more than any other camera/lens combination.

This lens delivers fantastic Minolta color, slightly more saturated than my 50/1.4 and 28/2.8, and fully the equal of the 85/1.4 that I also sold, and now want to buy again.

These are rare and expensive these days, but it remains the best 35mm moderate wideangle for Sony full frame that you can buy. If you are shooting APS-C, save your money and get the outstanding Sony 35/1.8 instead.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 53
  • sharpness: 4.93
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.85
  • flare control: 4.55
  • overall: 4.80
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