Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#30697 date: Oct-13-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:image quality๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผmore๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝless๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผsimilar
Sony ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ24-105,๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ16-80 Sigma ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ24-60 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ28-80(doorstop)
Mino ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ35-70(newer)
price paid:$35โ“
positive:I the older standard series Mino-AF lenses superior & closer to the G models than the ones produced just before Sony took over. This example possesses what I coin "Minolta Magic", a combination of color&contrast you must experience to appreciate. Macro button
negative:Doesn't have the bells & whistles, can't fully utilize the modern camera features. Min. focus 3'
comment:Good old lens,
reviewer#27589 date: May-26-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 old
Minolta 24-85 RS
Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 28-100 D
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 35-80 II
Sony 28-75
price paid:30 euro
positive:Small
Light
Cheap
Sharp
Minolta color without yellow tint
negative:Nothing for what it is.....
comment:My most used lens on my a99
I like the color and sharpness and it's a nice compromise between weight and range and aperture.
reviewer#25504 date: Feb-25-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-80 CZ
Sony DT 16-105
Sony DT 18-55 SAM I/II
Sony DT 18-70
Sony DT 18-135 SAM
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85
Minolta AF 24-105 D
Minolta AF 28-80 D
Minolta AF 28-100 D
Minolta AF 28-105
Minolta AF 28-135
Minolta AF 35-80 II
Minolta AF 35-105 Original
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
price paid:20 USD (used)
positive:Small when fully retracted at 70 mm
Flat focus plane at 70 mm
Minimal CA
negative:Limited 2X range
Poor center sharpness
Soft wide-open
Moderate purple fringing at long end
Fairly long minimum focus distance Somewhat varifocal
Uneven zoom action
Tiny, hard control grips
Barrel distortion on wide end
Rotating filter thread
comment:The original Minolta AF kit zoom lens. The initial list price on this lens in 1985 was $175 the same price as the 50 F1.4 and $35 more than the 28 F2.8 and 135 F2.8 primes. It currently sells for more than the later Minolta kit zooms maybe because of its constant f/4 aperture. "JAPAN"

The zoom mechanism is rather uneven like some of the other Minolta and Sony kit lenses.

Image quality is not similar to the inexpensive primes nor is it even as sharp as the 35-80 II. But it does show less heavy purple fringing than that lens at 35 mm. It is a little slower than the 1985 35-105 F3.5-4.5 on the wide end and no faster at 70 mm. It does at least focus a little closer than that lens. The current 18-55 kit is sharper at 35 mm and isn't too far off at its long end.

The deeper hood from the 100-200 f/4.5 works well on this lens for APS-C bodies. The similar but slightly smaller twist-on hood from the 35-80 II doesn't fit well.

Overall the 35-70 f/4 is a decent, little lens, but it has some big limitations. The later kit lens are arguably more useful.

Test chart comparison on an A65 with the 24-50 F4, Carl Zeiss 16-80, Tamron 17-50 F2.8, and Sony DT 18-135 SAM.
reviewer#23457 date: Dec-25-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Lots of Minolta, Sony, and Tamron lenses
price paid:ยฃ10 s/h
positive:Nice dinky size
solid build
good to handle
Seems reasonably sharp
Macro is useable and useful (unlike some!)
A good choice for walk-around on a film camera
Filter thread doesn't turn with focus or zoom
negative:Zoom range is limited, particularly on APS-C
Veiling and flare as you'd expect.
f4 is a bit slow for film
comment:It's a very nice lens to have and to use, if you don't find the focal length range a problem. One of the better lenses from the early Minolta period, I think, and smaller than the Tamron adaptall 35-70mm f3.5.
On the Dynax 4/5 film cameras it has a good macro range, especially with a Kenko 2x teleconverter fitted (any of them will work, not just the later ones which are needed for SAM and SSMlenses).
Note that despite what some people have suggested, there is no missing distance range in macro - the macro switch simply locks out the macro range; If you hold the switch out, you can focus continuously into and out of macro range and in full macro its MFD is quite useable - note that you will need to use the normal focus as well to get the closest approach.
Absolute performance optically is good enough, even in macro, to be useable, though as with all older lenses the lens coatings are not as good as more modern designs, so you will wlays need to shield the sun (and bight artificial lights at night) away with your hand whether you have a lens hood fitted or not (frankly lens hoods are usually a waste of time on medium to wide angle lenses).
I'm not sure whether the constant f4 aperture is a benefit over the alternative f3.5-4.5, but it is okay for normal use. On film the lens gives a useful focal length range, but on digital you'd often be better off with the Minolta 50mm f1.8 or DT35mm f1.8 and cropping. But ovcerall a lens well worth considering.
Oh, the filter mount is strong enough to stand putting a reversed lens on the front if you want some FF 1:1 macro!
reviewer#21446 date: Dec-4-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MD 35-70mm f/3.5
price paid:55 USD (used)
positive:small
light weight
very good IQ 1 stop down
negative:none
comment:I'm using this lens, with adapter, on the A6000 body. All things considered, the old manual MD lens is better, but this lens is still very good. The weak point for this lens is wide open; 1 stop down any IQ differences are not significant. Plus, you get autofocus and exposure. I think this lens is better than the native E-mount lens offerings in the same focal range
reviewer#21421 date: Nov-12-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f2.8,
Sony DT 35mm f1.8,
Minolta 50mm f1.7,
Sony DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
price paid:ยฃ35
positive:Small, constant f4, "macro" switch, colours, OK sharp, fast AF
negative:Small leads to compromise, Minimum focus distance, build, loud AF, 35mm shortest focal length, 49mm front filter thread
comment:I found this lens bizarre.

Granted I used it first on my old APSC a100 and before I figured out that I prefer primes, I found this to be a near useless oddity when I tried one looking to replace my 18-70mm kit lens.

The focal range is not great on APSC, not wide at its widest and short at its longest. The constant f4 sounds appealing but isn't really a benefit on this format.

On full frame you would be better served with a 50mm and walking to change perspective, unless you come from Leica land and want a lens with 35mm, 50mm and 75mm in one.

The macro switch is a pointless addition, only made necessary as Minolta made the lens too small for a decent minimum focus distance. You won't get real macro from this lens and the switch just adds another possibility for something to break.

Although the autofocus is fast, even on the a100, it is loud and ends with an obnoxious clack when travelling from minimum focus to infinity and back. At least the focus ring is on the lens barrel, not the zoom barrel like the Beercan, so thats a plus.

Positives are the colours, saturated and punchy, and it is sharper than the 18-70mm. Bokeh is boring.

Distortion is noticeable at 35mm, even on APSC. Looks like a crop from a fish eye.

Overall the lens is trying to be too many things and fails: small (long minimum focus, need for macro switch, only zooms out to 35mm), macro with switch (another thing to break), weird front element that appears to be plastic, fast AF (very loud).

Either get a 24mm, 28mm, 35mm or 50mm or an f2.8 standard zoom if you want a normal walk about lens. Skip this.
reviewer#14247 date: May-11-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-55mm SAM II
Minolta AF 50mm F1.7
price paid:20 USD (used)
positive:* Very sharp wide-open
* Classic Minolta's colors
* Very cheap
* 1:4 macro mode
* Great build
negative:none
comment:Great lens.
$20!!! In good condition. It's a best buy for the beginner.

I recommend as a replacement for KIT 18-55.
reviewer#13220 date: Apr-5-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105 original
50 f/1.7 original
18-55 SAM
price paid:$40, EBay
positive:Small, light, sharp, inexpensive, all-metal build.
negative:May have sticky aperture (don't buy unless you can return, I bought and returned two before I got a good one).
comment:I'd put the build at 5 if not for the sticky aperture problem -- mine is good, but will it last? Sharpness is close to the 50 f/1.7 prime and comparable to the original 35-105 -- it's very good at all lengths and apertures (best at f/5.6 to f/8). Sharper in the overlapping range than the 18-55 Sony, and certainly more solidly built. Flare is probably more like 3.5 than 4. Light weight makes it easier to hand-hold than the 35-105, so I tend to have this on the camera instead when not carrying a tripod.
reviewer#12193 date: Mar-19-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan, 50mm f1.7, 35-105 original
price paid:part of a package
positive:Cheap, relative sharp and the constant f/4. Minolta colours, AF is fast.....ish
negative:bokeh, it not not wider (I shoot with APSC camera). Not the sharpest through its range
comment:I got this lens as part of a package that included a beercan and a 50 f1.7 for $45 USD.
reviewer#11852 date: Jun-1-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A worthy companion to the beercan.
price paid:45 USD (used)
positive:Tiny (unobtrusive)
Lightweight
Inexpensive, even in great condition
negative:Front element rotates and extends while focusing
MF hampered by tiny focus ring
AF is loud
comment:I give this lens an unqualified "eh". It is reasonably sharp, and functions well as a daylight walkaround lens. The bokeh is never great, but never horrible. AF is pretty accurate, but noisy. Like all "beercan" style lenses from the 1980's, the front element rotates and extends when focusing.

Good condition units exist at very reasonable prices. It is, perhaps, the smallest zoom available in A-mount. Mounted on the a99 looks like a 1970's reporter's kit, very lightweight and inconspicuous. Absolutely worth every penny (which was not many pennies).
reviewer#11835 date: May-20-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta MD 35-70/3.5 Macro
Sony SEL1855
price paid:39 USD (used)
positive:Sharp, esp. stopped down just a bit to f5. Not as sharp as MD35-70/3.5 but close. Great colors. AF reliable and reasonably fast on Nex with LA-EA2. Bokeh not bad. Didn't have any issue with flare so far, as long as not shooting straight into the sun. Tiny for a zoom lens. Switch activated Macro mode allows shooting from about 1 ft with manual focus.
negative:Not much. MFD is about 4-5 ft, can't take a photo of someone across a small table. Noisy screw drive AF so not for video but that's true for all Minolta lenses.
comment:If you can live with limitations of 35-70 focal range, definitely get this lens. MD version has better IQ but this one is very close (and I do own both) and is great for everyday use. I got mine from KEH and it didn't disappoint. I also ordered a cheap 49 to 55 mm step up ring is that I could share filters and hoods with the Beercan.
reviewer#11830 date: May-16-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70 3.4-4.5
price paid:20 USD used
positive:Price. These are plentiful and very inexpensive. Nice walk around size. Macro. Great color and excellent sharpness once micro adjusted on the A77. Good auto focus even in dark situations with virtually no hunting. Good build quality, and works surprisingly well for it's age. Light (since it's not large), making it a nice lens for an all day outing or event. Renowned Minolta colors.
negative:Not much....
Purple fringing in high contrast, especially back-lit shots (but fixable in PP). Would have been nice to have been an f2.8 or lower for low light use but a flash will compensate.
comment:Once this lens is micro-adjusted on the A77, the focus is spot on 99.9% of the time and razor sharp, with only the occasional miss. Focus is fast even in low light situations (considerably lower light than will expose actually), with virtually no hunting. If you're on a tight budget, this is an excellent choice to add to your lens collection. I went to shoot a wedding with 5 lenses in tow, and ended up using this one for 80% or more of the shots with excellent results.
I've seen a lot of complaints of range on a crop sensor that it's not big enough for group shots, well back up a little :-)
reviewer#11745 date: Mar-23-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Plenty.
price paid:
missing
positive:Macro switch.
Colors.
Constant f/4.
Reliability of Minolta legacy lenses.
So cheap these days it's dang near free.
negative:Hood is a joke, and that is IF you find it with the usually missing hood.
No ADI and no modern coatings.
Focal range is not so great on FF and pathetic on APSC.
Zoom ring is small and clumsy.
comment:This is a tiny lens. Lightweight and small is nice, but focal range is not so nice. On apsc bodies, 35-70 is as odd as you can find.

Colors are very nice, typical Minolta.

Sharpness is pretty good and bokeh is pleasing enough.

This lens would benefit from a better hood, and for whatever reason many are for sale without the hood.

This is a good lens if you are on a budget. Give it a shot. It certainly is cheap enough. Cropped sensor cameras will not pair well indoors. Outdoors the focal range is less of an issue. This lens will render superior images to Sony's 18-70 kit lens.
reviewer#11671 date: Feb-2-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 KIT
Sony 18-55 KIT
Minolta 70-210/4,5-5,6
price paid:55 usd
positive:Good colours.Good sharpness. Good IQ and contrast. Not expensive. Good built.Lightweight.
negative:Old lens. Narrow zoom range. Flare control. Macro is not usable.
comment:Really good inexpensive lens. I use it very often togeter with Sony 18-55 KIT because of Minolta's 35-70 narrow zoom range. The colours are unbeatable but it saffers a bit from flare. Some CA is at 70/4. Use 70/5 and it's OK.
reviewer#11667 date: Feb-2-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL 16015
Minolta 70-210 F4.0
Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta 75-300 F3.5-4.5
price paid:55 EUR
positive:sharp
build
bokeh
color
price
negative:range on APS-C
comment:An ebay seller sold this lens five minutes after his 70-210, so I bought both lenses. This one stayed for a while in my spare camera bag, because its range didn't suite me too much. But I changed my mind, when I tried it once on my A77.
The colors are great and its bokeh turns it into a great portrait lens at close distance.
Compared to the other F4.0 lenses, you can still get it quite cheap at ebay.
reviewer#11409 date: Oct-29-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-70 (on A100)
SAL 16-50 (on A77)
Minolta 50 1.7 AF (on film & digital)
price paid:N/A
positive:compact and light.
nice colour rendition.
Usable sharpness "wide open".
Useful macro switch
negative:minimum focus distance (unswitched) is more or less a meter, but with the "macro" setting you need to be at most 1/2 a meter away so there is a gap this lens can't cover.
f4 is not really "wide open" these days.
comment:A little cracker on film. This lens belonged to my partners Dad, a keen amateur. He made some competition winning enlargements from this lens on his 7000 & 7000i in the mid 80's - 90's.

In conventional wisdom it may seem unfair to compare a zoom to a "prime" lens but in my (not at all rigorous or scientific) "tests" this little zoom gave a good account if itself at the 50mm setting compared against it's fixed focal sibling set at f4.

Images seemed sharper to me compared to the SAL 18-70 on the a100 and more saturated, although I felt the difference was not enough to make me want to replace it. Most times the extra focal range and better minimum focus distance made me favour the sony lens.

Against the 16-50 (on A77) set at 50mm and f4, the minolta might just have the edge in sharpness.

Really nice for portraits at 70mm/f4 on the A77. Images have a certain "je ne sais quoi".

Currently a bargain if you don't have anything else at this focal length.

Edit: Having now had the opportunity to use this lens on full frame I can only say I'm even more impressed! An absolute bargain at today's prices. Very useful
reviewer#11161 date: May-31-2013
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 28-135, MAF 24-105, MAF 28-105, MAF 35-105, Sony 18-70D, Sony SAM 18-55D
price paid:50 EUR (used)
positive:Great small lens, very useful Macro in its metal Prime version, almost SuperMacro. Cheap. Fixed focal. EXTREMELY SHARP!
negative:Short range zoom, discontinued
comment:Very useful, fixed focal. Very good Macro function, almost SuperMacro.Cheap. Fixed focal. EXTREMELY SHARP! Worth of every cents. Very nice for flowers and small objects photograpy. Short focusing minimum distance (ca.30cm)
reviewer#11133 date: May-20-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:50 EUR used
positive:-beautiful colors
-build
-sharp
-weight
-price
negative:-range on APS-C
comment:I love this lens 4 its beautiful colors.

See macros of flowers
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghk_so36/8749612417/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghk_so36/8750736210/in/photostream/

More 2 come soon.
reviewer#11067 date: Apr-25-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mino 28-85
Sony 18-70 kit
Mino 35-105 RS
price paid:30 USD
positive:Beercan build
light weight
compact
macro mode
negative:hood is essential
colors are neutral
comment:I bought this lens many years ago based on its' positive ratings. It is one of my 2 least used lenses. I find that on my A300 and A700, my Min 28-85 outperforms it in all areas except weight & size. I found that barrel distortion at the short end was correctable, but more than the 28-85 or 35-105. On my copy, the colors seemed to be more neutral than the 28-85. Flares badly without a hood; get a short 49mm rubber hood and you'll be okay.

I will keep this lens for use on full-frame when I eventually get there. It is a neat little lens that is about as unobtrusive as my 50 f1.7. If I shot "street" it would get more use; I don't so for now, it stays on the shelf.
reviewer#11031 date: Apr-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
Sony 18-55 f/3.5 to 5.6
Helios 44-2
price paid:90 SGD (used)
positive:Sharpness
Build Quality
Colors
negative:Range on APS-C
comment:Although its not wide enough for my APS-C Camera I love it as as a street photography lens as it compact and does not attract attention like my Tamron 17-50. Images are sharp and lens is made of metal which feels quite sturdy. The lens I have is modded to autofocus in macro mode which comes in handy as well.

It gives the awesome colors minolta lenses are famous for. A great lens to have in my bag.
reviewer#10964 date: Mar-4-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:40 EUR (mint)
positive:Sharp
Great colors and contrast
Light
Cheap
Build quality
negative:A bit of flare
Range on APS-C
comment:I really like this lens and leave it on my A580 all the time. A shame that the range isn't more appropriate to APS-C cameras.
reviewer#10906 date: Feb-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta Beercan 70-210mm F4
Sony Kit Lens 18-70mm, 75-300mm
price paid:45 CAD (used)
positive:Very Sharp
Minolta Colours
Constant F4
Easy to find bargain
Lost cost walk-around lens
Macro
Solid build
negative:Range not wide enough for group shots on APS-C sensor
Minimum focus distance
comment:Favourite lens in my bag for its versatility and overall image quality. I use it as my walk-around lens on my A300 for both indoor and outdoor. The colours and sharpness are similar to my other two Minolta lens i.e professional beautiful IQ and a notch or two over the Sony kit lens. The constant F4 is useful in low light and creative shots; Bokeh is smooth. Macro is also usable for my purposes (switch & manual focus).

Although I pointed about about its limited range, don't be afraid about the lack of wide angle range. This kind of range on APS-C is usable for portrait and small group shots or landscape, just not good for big groups in small space. Zoom in and out a bit with your feet.

Bottom line is a lots of fun for the money, highly recommended.
reviewer#10899 date: Feb-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:N/A
price paid:
missing
positive:Build Quality
Affordable Value
Sharp
Minolta Colors
Macro
Small & Light
negative:Some flare
comment:Another great lens from Minolta. Small lens with great build quality. Decent range for a walk around lens. Perfect for street photography, flowers, landscapes, and portraits.

Perfect lens for beginners to cut their teeth on. High value to low price ratio.
reviewer#10854 date: Jan-15-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8
Tamron 20-40mm f/2.7-3.5
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
price paid:50 USD (used)
positive:small/compact, constant f/4, minolta colors, bang for buck
negative:some CA wide open? noisy AF (screw drive)
comment:Nice little lens that you can't go wrong on! If you get a chance, snatch one up. It makes for a nice light alternative to the CZ 24-70mm. I find when I'm out and about and just bringing my camera along I prefer it due to it's size and weight. Great little walk-a-round lens!
reviewer#10764 date: Dec-9-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mino 35-105 old and new
Mino 50 1.7
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Tamron 70-300 usd
Sony 35 1.8
Tamron 60 f2 macro
Sony 18-55 Kitlens
price paid:30 Euro
positive:- Build quality
- Sharp wide open
- Its small and lite
- Great walk around lens on Full Frame
negative:- Not realy usefull on apc
- Flare
comment:I have had this lens for 2,5 years and never really used it on my A500/580.

It produces really nice sharp pictures wide open and i really love the colors.
But the range was just not that usefull for me on APC.

Now that i have got the A99 it makes sence. I like it a lot. Its a nice small walk around lens.
reviewer#10561 date: Oct-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
minolta 100mm f2.8 macro
minolta Rokkor 58mm f1.2
Sony 70-300g
sigma 10-20mm f4.5
Takumar smc 50mm f1.4
carl zeiss flek 35mm f2.4
carl zeiss sonnar 135mm f3.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp wide open
build quality
negative:flare but with a good hood not a problem
comment:After reading the reviews on here regaridng this lens ,i found this lens for ยฃ20 ,best ยฃ20 ive spent on a lens.
tested on my a77 ,sharp -very sharp even wide open ,build is execellent like all the other beercan type lens .

flare is controlled by a good hood .Don't hestitate to buy this lens .
reviewer#10376 date: Jul-13-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 F1.7
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
Minolta Af 28-80 F3.5-5.6 (KIT)
price paid:120EUR (used)
positive:- sharp
- build
- macro switch
- colors
negative:- range on APS-C
- lens hood
comment:I love this lens! At first, when i bought it, i leave it in my bag because i didn't find a real use for it. Then i tried another and another time until i fall in love with it. It's very sharp at any focal, it has wonderful colors and, compared to the 50mm (that is sharper a bit) it's a zoom!
Ok, its range is not so wide but it helps sometimes!
And, as an extra, it has the Macro switch to get closer to the subject... must have!
reviewer#10309 date: Jun-17-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 f2.8 SSM
Minolta 35mm f2
Minolta 28-135
price paid:60 Euro / 30 Euro
positive:light, good build quality
negative:not wide enough on aps-c
comment:it is a nice lens for street photography if you don't want to carry a large zoom. my copy is sharp wide open.
(addendum) I sold that copy last year but regretted it. Now i got a different copy for only 30 Euro, on my new A99 it has a much more useful range than on APS-C. This copy is even sharper than the first one, i raise the rating to 5. Highly recommended!
reviewer#10204 date: May-15-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-Sigma Zoom Master 35-70 F 3.5-4.5
- Sony 18-70 4.5/5-6 Kit lens
- minolta af zoom 28-80 F 3.5(22)-5.6 (Silver)
- Minolta AF Zoom 35-80 1:4(22)-5.6
- Minolta AF Zoom 35-80 1:4(22)-5.6 (Silver)
price paid:Dont know
positive:Nice metal build, sturdy.
Regular use lens.
fast AF
negative:Not one of the sharpest lenses but way better than the modern sony kits
comment:This one is mounted on a daily basis on my Sony A-350
reviewer#10182 date: May-7-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 4.1
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 35 1.8
Sony 50 1.4
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:45 USD
positive:Price
Color
Sharpness
negative:Flare
comment:Love this lens and agree with most of the positives already out there, but don't understand the negative comments on the focal length. I happen to like 35mm and 50mm on a crop sensor and this lens covers both those lengths, so I'm happy and this covers about 80% of what I would ever shoot during the day. In fact, at f5.6 and up it's hard for me to tell from looking at a photo whether it came from the 35-70 or one of the other lenses, and it's only when you blow things up and compare individual pixels that the primes start to show their superiority. Unless you're making posters you'll be quite satisfied with the results.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 179
  • sharpness: 4.51
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.51
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 3.82
  • overall: 4.40

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