Minolta AF 35mm F2 A-mount lens review by Phil Wood
|Phil Wood#44519 date: May-21-2020|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta-AF-28mm F2|
Sony DT 30mm f2.8 macro
Sony DT 35mm f1.8
|price paid:||200 GBP|
|positive:||Small, solid build, sharp, 55mm filter.|
|comment:||35mm is not a very exciting focal length, it doesn't open up wide vistas, it is covered by pretty much every A-mount kit lens - so why invest in a prime? |
If you have a top class zoom such as the Sony DT 16-50/2.8 or the Sony CZ 24-70/2.8 it's not that easy to recommend this old prime. However, if you don't, or, like me, just like shooting with primes, then this is one very fine lens, small, light, sharp, fast and fun - and a lot better than kit lenses like the Sony DT 18-70 & DT 18-55 or any Minolta zoom I have tried (almost all).
On APS it gives a standard lens angle of view (52.5mm equiv), but the Sony DT 35/1.8 is also very fine and cheaper and the DT 16-50/2.8 is excellent and much the same price.
I'm a sucker for the Minolta primes and just like the way this lens does its job, it may not have quite the CA resistance of a more modern lens, but it just feels right on A99ii. I don't really have another prime to directly compare with it on full frame. The 28/2.8 is disappointing, the 2.8/2 is also very good, not quite as sharp as the 35, but that bit wider. The Sony 30/2.8 macro is another APS lens, not so useful on my full-frame bodies and, like the 35/1.8, feels flimsy in comparison with the Minolta primes.
I have no experience of the even more pricey Minolta/Sony 35/1.4s, but they would have to be very impressive to persuade me to switch from the f2.
I love it.