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

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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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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.
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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 £20 ,best £20 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 f2.8 SSM
Minolta 35mm f2
Minolta 28-135
price paid:60 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.
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 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.
reviewer#10179 date: May-6-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 24-70
price paid:eur 20
positive:Small. Very good sharpness and colors. Nice range for full frame. Inexpensive.
negative:Some CA and only F4. Front element turns when focusing.
comment:I bought this together with a Minolta 7000 and a 100-200 4.5 for 40 euro. Was I in for a surprise. I might just have gotten a good copy but this little lens is great. Very small but great sharpness. If you do have a full frame and can buy a nice copy don't hesitate you won't regret it.
reviewer#10175 date: May-5-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:sony 18-55
Min 35-105
Min 28-105RS
Min 35-105N
Many min kit lens
price paid:$20 AU
positive:Sharpness
Colours
Price
build
negative:Flare
Flare
Range on aps
comment:This is the lense that made my wife understand the difference between a sony kit lens & a minolta classic. It was well sharp and had great colours. If you are able to set up a photo so you wont have a problem with flare then the beer cans are the way to go cheap and the IQ is definatly wow. My version did not have the macro hack but most macro is manual focus anyway. I think everyone needs an original minolta in there collection of A mount lenses.
reviewer#10094 date: Apr-9-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:NZ$52
positive:Light well built and compact
negative:Supplied lens hood is useless.
comment:Fitted to APS-C is equivalent of a 50-105mm on a 35mm film camera
I learned photography in the '50s, my first 35mm camera had a 50mm lens - no zoom at all! Certainly you can miss the wide angle if you are used to having it and using it but the quality of this lens over rides that
reviewer#10035 date: Mar-18-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.7 prime,
Minolta 28-80 zoom
price paid:29,50 €
positive:Sharpness, colour, lightness, better range than 50mm prime ;-)
negative:Almost no differential focus, unless in macro mode.
comment:This lens would make no sense to me on a crop sensor camera because of the 50-100mm equivalent field of view there. In that kind of range, I'd really like decent differential focus.

On full frame cameras, by today's standards 35-70 hardly counts as a zoom either. Compared to today's zooms this one is _restrictive_, make no mistake.
However I bought it for my film 600si, where it nicely complements the Minolta 50mm 1.7 prime in all those situations where a prime just doesn't 'cut it' (such as framing a landscape from the top of a look-out, for example). It certainly has all the sharpness I'll ever need, plus wonderful colours, plus the flexibility in framing. Minus the bokeh.

Just be aware that if you need differential focus, this lens will only provide it in macro mode...

Build is just fine and AF is fast enough for most kinds of situations encountered with this type of lens.

To summarize: recommendable for full frame/film, if you usually use primes and need a zoom just in case.
reviewer#9941 date: Feb-16-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Sony 18-55 Sam
price paid:£20
positive:Cheap
Sharp
Build Quality
Minolta Colours
negative:None so far
comment:Bought this for 20 GBP and costs me 2.50 GPB for the front and rear caps
Nearly as sharp as my Minolta 50mm f1.7 at f4 when at f4
reviewer#9774 date: Jan-10-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:All other original AF series (Beercan, 100-200/4.5, 50/1.7)
Sony 18-70 Kit
price paid:40 USD
positive:-Compact
-Light
-Range on FF
-SHARP !
negative:-MFD
-Macro switch
-Build could be better
comment:I really enjoy the results from this lens. It is amazingly sharp, and the range is quite versatile on FF, albeit a bit short. Perfect for landscapes, everyday shots and walking about. A real bargain for the price !

MFD is sometimes restrictive, and using the macro switch is a PITA. at 35mm (fully extended), the barrel can wobble a bit, not unlike the Sony 18-70. Flare control is nothing to write home about. The original hood is next to useless, it's better to use the hand to block out the sun (or don't shoot with the sun in your face).
reviewer#9727 date: Dec-29-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:85 USD
positive:Sharpness
color
weight
negative:None
comment:This has become my walk around lens for use in daylight, and i love it.
reviewer#9671 date: Dec-6-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:- Size
- Cheap
- Sharp
negative:- MFD
- F4
comment:Is sharp, is good on outdoor portrait.
Most of the time I use for sunrise photography as easy to carry and reasonable weight.
Sell it after bring 35-105 for longer range coverage.
reviewer#9638 date: Nov-27-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:30 USD
positive:Compact
Usable range
Dirt cheap!!!!!!
Sharp
Macro
negative:For the price-NOTHING
comment:This lens is really great. It's selling really cheap a d produce great quality images. I like its bokeh and it's my do it all lens. The macro is great but only manual focus in macro mode which is alright.

I bought this lens with Minolta maxxum 7000 and flash for $30 plus shipping which was great as I was going to pay that amount for the lens alone!!!!

If you find one cheap, go for it. It's wonderful lens.

Happy shooting.
reviewer#9635 date: Nov-27-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:USD100
positive:Sharp, constant F4, nice minolta colour.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9629 date: Nov-26-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:40 CHF
positive:Light
Sharp
Colour$
Cheap
negative:Tricky to focus at times
comment:A nice little lens, worth buying just to play around with. I now have 5 minolta lenses and they all exhibit the great minolta colours i have heard about but never appreciated. Long live Minolta.
reviewer#9620 date: Nov-23-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70mm f2.8 ZA
35-105mm f3.5-4.5 Orig
28-75mm f2.8 Tamron
28-70mm f2.8 Tokina
price paid:$50 USD
positive:Small and light
Well built
Great Minolta color
Sharper than I expected
negative:Flare
comment:I bought this lens on a whim and it arrived a day or so before the 35-105 original. The 35-105 got most of my attention for quite a while. I finally got around to this lens and BOY am I glad I did. It gives a clean and sharp image. I love it for everyday walk around lens (on a FF). The color is nice Minolta style but not over the top in saturation. It is quick to focus and fairly accurate when locked on.

I would consider this the Yin to the 35-105's Yang. The 35-70 presents closer to the 24-70 ZA while the 35-105 presents closer to the 70-200 G SSM in terms of image rendering. In a pairing I would take the 35-70 and 135 ZA vs the 35-105 and the 200 G HS APO.

I seem to always keep this lens on one of my bodies and find it to be a very reliable WYSIWYG lens. I may have been lucky with the version I have (got it from KEH) as it is sharp at every aperture along the full focal length.

I paired this lens up with the 70-210 Beercan and it put the Beercan to shame in terms of sharpness, color rendition and contrast. This lens is the best buy ever - for me that is.

I haven't done any portraits with it so I will have to get back to you on that score. Other than that I can whole heartedly recommend this lens and would go as far to say I find it to be the poor man's light weight 24-70 ZA (minus the color difference of course).

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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 167
  • sharpness: 4.51
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.38
  • flare control: 3.82
  • overall: 4.40

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