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

reviewer#9730 date: Dec-30-2011
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 20 2.8
Minolta 24 2.8
Minolta 35 1.4
CZ 24-70 2.8
price paid:EUR 240
comment:This lens is a surprise to me. I used to always use my 35 1.4, but came a cross this for an ok price. So I thought lets try it and see what all the fuss is about. Most likely I will sell it and keep the 35 1.4.

The result is that I have sold my 35 1.4 and moved over to this one. In my opinion in terms of optics this is sharper or as sharp as the 35 1.4. It is one stop slower, but significantly smaller... so there are trade offs. I do not think the price difference is that big these days.

This lens performs similar to the 35 1.4 as the 100 2 to the 85 1.4. I kept this one and the 85 1.4...

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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