Minolta AF 35-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 14   
reviewer#10848 date: Jan-12-2013
sharpness: 2
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 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 18-55
- Sony 18-70
- Minolta 35-70 F3,5-4,5
- Sigma 18-200 DC
- Sony 18-135
- Minolta 28-105 RS
- Minolta 24-85 RS
- some primes
price paid:5 € (used)
positive:- front element shutter
negative:- soft, soft, soft
comment:My copy was the softest lens I've ever seen. All pictures were soft, no sharpness. Pictures were not bad, but all unsharp, a little bit like a blur filter effect. I disassambled this lens to learn more about lens construction and for spare parts.
reviewer#9904 date: Feb-8-2012
sharpness: 2
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
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:Minolta 35-80 f4-5.6 II
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 (Both versions)
price paid:5 GBP used
positive:Cheap
Minolta colour
negative:Everything else
comment:Having used all the Minolta 'consumer' level AF zooms (except the 80-200s f4-5.6), this is easily the worse Minolta lens that I have ever used.

There is no comparison with any of the lenses above, they are all much better.

On the bright side, it could save you a fortune if you want a 'soft focus' lens, LOL.

Use it as a paper weight - oops, not heavy enough.

Don't buy it.
reviewer#9901 date: Feb-7-2012
sharpness: 1
color: 3
build: 1
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 2.2
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:Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 28-80 4.5-5.6
Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 70-210 F4.5-5.6 (I)
Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Sigma 70 F2.8 Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, Lightweight
negative:Sharpness, contrast, sound, macro ability
comment:This is the worst Minolta lens I've tried (out of 15 in my lifetime). I can see that it is not sharp even on the camera display and viewfinder (Sony SLT-A35). It has however colors so maybe it can be usable as outdoor portrait lens. On the other side I have for other lenses I prefer for portraits.
Focus is slow and loud. Minimal focal distance too long.


Price was 1200 SEK (approx 136€, 178$) But then I got a Dynax 7000i house and Big Beercan as well.
edit - sold and everyone seems to know it's value. I got 1 SEK=14 cent on swedish ebay (tradera)
reviewer#5934 date: Aug-30-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 1
flare control: 1
overall: 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:Minolta AF 35-70 F4
price paid:10 Euro
positive:-Light
-Small
negative:- Un-sharp
- Plastic build
- Above 70mm worthless
- Feels like a My First Fisherprice product
comment:Part of a combination with a Film SLR [Dynax 3000i]. Is it his the worst lens made by Minolta? I stack up it there yes and I have found the softness of it interesting.

Compared to the beautiful crafted 35-70 metal body it feels very cheap. Even cheaper then the Sony kitlens, the strange filter thread is not the only weird thing. Also the little flip cover makes you question what is going on. It definitely is not your usual Minolta Lens.

I found it not extremely un-sharp but it is very obvious not as sharp as you desire a lens to be. For normal shooting it would bug me but this will make an interesting portrait lens!

It does seems to have a few big weaknesses in design though and use above 70 seems very inadvisable. Up till 70 it is probably useful portraits only! It isn't though like an expensive portrait lens, more like a cheap bad one. Still at the price I am not complaining.
reviewer#5863 date: Aug-16-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 f1.7
Minolta AF 28 f2.8
Sony 18-70 f3.5-5.6
price paid:21 GBP (used)
positive:Amazing Colour for the price
Bokeh is actually ok
negative:Very soft wide open
Poor Build Quality
Weird filter thread size
comment:As has been said before, strange lens. But I don't think it's altogether bad. It's clearly soft when it's wide open in bright conditions (you can see the flaring around highlights all over the shop in the live view!). But when the aperture is set to around f7.1 it actually takes a pretty sharp shot.

I learnt a lot as a beginner from owning this lens. I think my £21 wasn't wasted, even though the built in lens cover was broken.
reviewer#5268 date: Apr-21-2009
sharpness: 1
color: 3
build: 1
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 2.2
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:Minolta 50/1.8 28-135/4-4.5 28/2.8 35-70/4
Leica 35/2 60/2.8 90/2
price paid:25 Euro
positive:Can't think of any
negative:The softest lens I have ever used.
comment:I was really disappointed with this lens. The Minolta 35-70/4 blew it out of the water on the few tests I did before giving up. Maybe a bad sample but I will avoid this lens like the plague in future.
reviewer#5046 date: Mar-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:KM 28-100 D, Sigma 28-105, SAL-1870, SAL-16105
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, solid kit lens, sharp (yes), internal focusing
negative:Slow, 46 mm filters not so popular
comment:I've bought it second hand for testing purposes only. My copy is sharp and produces much better images than newer kit lenses. No visible distortion, flare can be an issue. Automatic lens cap is nice, front does not rotate so one can use PL easily.
reviewer#4793 date: Feb-3-2009
sharpness: 2
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 2.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85 new
Sony 18-70
Sony 35G
price paid:6 EUR
positive:Lightweight
Compact
Built-in "front cap"
negative:Very low IQ
Cheap plastic body
Filter thread outside "cap"

comment:Very soft old "kit" lens, may be worst zoom with Minolta logo ever made.
Usable for portraits in soft-style.
Unique for system (but very cheap) 46 mm filter size.

Good source of original metal bayonet rings and rear caps.
reviewer#4225 date: Oct-12-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 28-100 d
Minolta 70-210 f4
Cosina 19-35
Sigma 24 2,8
Sigma 28-80
Sigma 70-210
Sigma 400 5,6
price paid:
missing
positive:compact and light
built-in "cap"
Minolta colors and bokeh.
negative:range at DSLRs
soft wide open
soft on the long end
plastic body
build quality low
wobbly ring
comment:Was my first lense, got it with the Dynax 500si.

Seems to be a kit lens anyway.

Produces OK pictures in the wide and mid range, but needs to be stopped down. Not usable above approx. 70mms, too soft throughout the long range.

35 mms wide end are getting you nowhere on a crop-factor-dslr.

Still, the lens is compact and light, but don't know if I will ever put it back on the camera.
reviewer#3557 date: May-5-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 24-105
Sony 17-70
Sigma 28-70
other Minolta zooms
price paid:9.00 USD (used)
positive:Light
disposable
surprising at times
built in lens cap
negative:dark
unpredictable
comment:I got this lens by mistake a couple weeks ago. But then it was only $9.00.

Today I played and compared several zooms in the 70-300 range. Just for fun I placed this 35-80 in this lineup. Using the auto setting a lot of CA was visible even on the camera screen and basically not much quality open or stopped down. But then I moved from the AWB to the shade option and that was a surprise. There was no CA, no blowout and good sharpness at f8.

I call it a good learner lens. Others have a wider usable ranges in every aspect but it can take good pictures once you know it's limits. I definitely will pay more attention to the WB options on my camera from now on.

Conclusion - $9.00 well spent :-)
reviewer#3353 date: Mar-12-2008
sharpness: 2
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 2.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28-70/2,8G
28-80/3,5-5,6D
28-105/3,5-4,5xi
50/1,4
price paid:
missing
positive:actually nothing
negative:weak build, low colour and sharpness potential, useless f4-5,6, focal length
comment:Looks like this is one of the worse minolta lenses. Even with its low price there are other cheap zooms which are much better. 35mm - too long for wide angle. f4 - too dark for useful experience. A peace of advice: get rid of it and find something more serious.
reviewer#2893 date: Oct-31-2007
sharpness: 2
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:CZ16-80, 24/2.8, 28-85/3.5-4.5, 35-70/4, 35-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:?? (kit lens 7000i)
positive:Compact
negative:Not sharp; Flimsy lens cap; Filter outside lens cap
comment:Getting only unsharp (or need I say “soft”) photos, I already returned this lens after the 1st roll of film and bought a zoom from the beercan series instead (35-105). Sharper and feels better (solid metal).
reviewer#1203 date: Sep-19-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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:Minolta AF 50/1.7
Sigma 28-70/2.8 EX Aspherical DF
Tokina AF 28-70 f2.8-4.5
Voigtländer Apo Zoomar 28-210
price paid:2,50 euro
positive:Lightweight
Small
Nice softness
negative:Build
For most uses too soft
comment:For the money a nice lens. It is clearly a budget lens.
When I got it, it was missing the lens cap knob and one of the internal screw mounts was broken (but easily glued)

The pictures are soft, but evenly divided over the picture. After repairing the screw mount, a lot less soft.

I could use it as a replacement for a 50mm lens with a mounted weak soft-filter for portrets.
reviewer#628 date: Mar-27-2006
sharpness: 2.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 2.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 35-90, KM 18-70
price paid:
missing
positive:Very cheap second-hand, no lens cap to loose
negative:Soft wide open. Soft at both ends of zoom, better in the middle
comment:Strange lens - it is supposed to be f5.6 at the long end, but it seems to actually be f5 - EXIF shows the lens as only getting to 70mm - it definately zooms beyond 70 (just not by enough to show up on EXIF). Only focuses down to 46cm despite macro claims. Maintains f4 up to 44mm, f4.5 from 45-60 and f5.0 beyond.
reviews found: 14   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 2.57
  • color: 3.71
  • build: 2.36
  • distortion: 3.36
  • flare control: 2.71
  • overall: 2.94

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