Check out the next comparison, this time with the Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm at 35mm, and the restyled version of the Minolta AF 35mm F/2. The CZ 24-70mm compares very well with the older, but very good Minolta 35mm prime lens. So far, the CZ zoom has definitely held its own in most prime comparisons. I have one left, the Sony 50mm F/1.4, so let’s hope the 24-70mm is at least close in comparison, then we can dump the primes and use the zoom exclusively. Unfortunately, the trade-off is having to use a big heavy lens, oh well.
The two lenses look about the same in the centers, with minor variations at the ends. The mid areas, (approximate APS-C corner areas) are sharper at wider apertures with the Sony CZ zoom, that’s a surprise. The extreme corners are sharper with the Minolta AF 35mm at almost all apertures. Distortion is less with the CZ zoom. Ghosting is better controlled with the Minolta prime at smaller apertures.