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Sony Minolta AF 20mm F/2.8

Re-visiting the Minolta Sony AF 20mm F/2.8

Check out the full size test shots inside.  I've also updated the review with the addition of the test photos and a more up to date conclusion.

The Minolta (later rebranded Sony) 20mm F/2.8 is another excellent and very affordable ultra wide angle lens that dates from the late 1980s; but don't let the three decade old design fool you into thinking it's just another cruddy old film lens.  Minolta built this lens out of metal, and added auto focusing capabilities, which was rare in the mid 1980s.  Optically, it's very sharp, and uses a 10 element, 9 group optical design.  No wonder it's still available today brand new, or used for around $250.  There are currently no auto focusing equivalent lenses in the Sony 'E' mount line-up; however, if you prefer a manual focusing modern equivalent, be prepared to pay $1500 for the Zeiss 21mm F/2.8---B&H Photo, Amazon, eBay, $800 for a Tokina Furin 20mm F/2---B&H Photo, Amazon, eBay), or $600 for a Rokinon 20mm F/1.8---B&H Photo, Amazon.  If you have the Sony 28/2, you can get the converter for an ultra wide angle 21mm.

The Minolta/Sony versions of this lens would be an affordable way to get an ultra wide angle lens for your Sony 'FE' camera using an adapter.  For the smaller Sony APS-C camera bodies, Sony makes a pretty good 20mm F/2.8 pancake type lens that I would recommend...

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