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

reviewer#20401 date: Oct-30-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 mm 2.8
- Minolta 24 mm 2.8
price paid:100 Euro
positive:- Very sharp at all aperatures
- Compact size (about same as a 50mm)
negative:- None
comment:Of all the primes this is my favourite. I bought the 35mm f 2.0 for 100 euro around 2005. Those were the days you could buy a 85mm G lens for 300 euro or 135mm f2.8 for 100 euro. Everyone jumped ship to Nikon or Canon because the future for Konica Minolta was not all to well.

On a crop camera this translates to a 50mm lens, it's sharp wide open, focus fast. It's better than the 24mm f2.8 or 28mm f2.8.

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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