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

reviewer#44518 date: May-20-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 AF 50mm, Minolta AF 28 f2.8 and Minolta 24mm f2.8
price paid:$350
positive:Very well build, compare to the more modern version from Sony, for the price it is surprisingly sharp, actually it's mind-boggling sharp, fast and precise autofocus, good coloring, light but sturdy. I tried it on Sony A7 III, Sony A900, and Minolta Maxxum 5 with film.
negative:At f2 it's slightly soft, but again only if you are pixel-peeping. Small chromatic aberration, but nothing that cannot be easily corrected in Camera RAW.
comment:Anybody looking for a very good 35mm f2 at low cost without sacrificing quality this is a lens for you! In street photo, it's very discrete, fast, and precise.

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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