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

reviewer#7462 date: May-21-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:135mm F1.8 Zeiss
50mm f1.4 Min & Sigma
85mm f1.4 Min
price paid:$550 -Ouch!
positive:COLOR, COLOR & more COLOR, superb contrast with magnificent sharpness
negative:Me learning to get out of the way of this gem and letting it shine.
comment:At first I was under whelmed with this lens. Then as I used it more and it showed me how good it was. The color for me has made this a wise decision. I did not expect this to be a portrait lens until I tried it and WOW! It is openning up new vistas of possibilities. It is sharp, with superb contrast and magnificent color. I haven't tried it on my A700 yet so I can't speak to APS-C performance yet (more to come).

I highly recommend this lens if you can get a hold of one.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 52
  • sharpness: 4.94
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 4.87
  • flare control: 4.56
  • overall: 4.81
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