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

reviewer#9386 date: Sep-3-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 used to own this lens
compared to:50mm f1.7
50mm f3.5
24mm f2.8
price paid:450 USD
positive:Sharp
Beautiful Color
Almost no distortion
Lightweight
Speed
negative:I just wish all of my lenses were this good
comment:This lens is a magnificent performer. It is my most expensive prime so far. This lens and the Minolta 50mm f3.5 are the only lenses that i have rated as '5' across the board, but this one has the advantage of f2. And wide open it appears to perform exceptionally well. I might find a slight difference in sharpness between f2 and f4 or f5.6, but It's probably more dependent on my skill to hit the focus accurately. The overall images that come from this lens have a wonderful quality that is perceptively better than the other primes. It is becoming a fixture on the a850. When I process the RAW files, I find that I am using less sharpening than with other lenses to achieve the same result. The combination on the a850 is well balanced. I am very fond of this focal length. It is wide enough to get in close to subjects, yet it suffers little effect of the usual wide-angle distortion. The correction for this lens in PT-Lens is minimal. Highly recommended.

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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