Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11851 date: May-30-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-50/4
Minolta 35-70/4
Minolta 70-210/4
Sony DT 16-50/2.8 SSM
Sigma DG 70/2.8 EX
Sigma 18-250/3.5-6.3 HSM OS
price paid:70 USD (Used)
positive:- Awesome. One shot, and I was impressed.
- Superb build. My copy could also pass as "like new".
- Sharp enough wide open where I will use it the most (70-105mm) to compliment Sony 16-50/2.8.
- Fast AF
negative:- If there is one, I haven't noticed it. May that it is no longer produced?
- Some CA but nothing unusual.
comment:An excellent lens, as a portrait zoom lens on APS-C. It has long MFD but macro mode makes up for it.

Max Aperture by Focal Length:
35mm-40mm: f/3.5
40mm-70mm: f/4
70mm-105mm: f/4.5
reviewer#11803 date: May-1-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:different A-mount lenses
price paid:<50 CHF
positive:Colors, sharpness, IQ, focusing speed ... not forgetting that it is built like a tank
negative:nothing to be mentioned except its MFD
comment:a fabulous lens ... a real Hidden-G.
super sharp with great color rendering and very pleasant bokeh. suitable for high resolution images! A MUST HAVE!!!
reviewer#11662 date: Feb-1-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:* Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS USM
* Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM II
* Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT SAM II
* Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM
* Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT SAM
* Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (Original)
* Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX-II
price paid:120 AUD (used)
positive:* Very sharp at f/5.6, especially compared to Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS and other primes
* Good bokeh
* Reasonably fast autofocus speed
* Okay Macro mode
* Tough build quality
* Relatively small
* Common 55mm filter thread
* Exceptional value at current prices, especially when compared to modern lens
negative:* Soft image quality wide open, requires at least one stop down
* Screw drive autofocus is noisy and can be hit and miss compared to more modern lens
* Prone to lens flare and high loss of contrast when shooting with sun in frame, requires lens hood
* Distorts at wider focal ranges
* Very long minimal focus distance
* Requires at least a little post processing to get the best out of it
* Not wide enough focal range for some on APS-C
* Lens creep
comment:Compared to the Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS USM, this lens is equally sharp when stopped down to f/5.6 and the colours are warmer. The Canon focuses faster and is less prone to lens flare at several times the price.

Compared to the Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM II, this lens is on a different level on an APS-C body where it takes advantage of the centre sharpness.

The Minolta focuses faster the the 18-55mm kit lens, although it is a lot noisier due to screw drive and average compared to more expensive lens. The lens is built tough and I would expect it to continue to last longer than any of the current plastic Sony kit and "Easy Choice" lens range, especially when there are working Minolta lens that are almost three decades old. The minimum focal distance is quite long which makes better to use outdoors.

Bokeh is also pleasant, though not as good as the Minolta 70-210mm f/4.

The Minolta requires a lens hood and loses considerable contrast when shooting with the sun in the frame and like many of the other first generation AF lens it suffers from lens flare.

For APS-C photographers on a budget who do not require the wide angle, or have another lens to fulfill this function, I highly recommend upgrading to this lens if you can find a mint used copy or:

* Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
* Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5 (original)

This is a step up for hobbyists on a budget who want a lens that can cover several focal range, is a lot sharper than the basic kit, good bokeh and are prepared to spend a few minutes post processing afterwards.
reviewer#11608 date: Jan-14-2014
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:newer minolta lenses, 35 - 70 and original 28- 105
price paid:32 pounds UK
positive:Minolta colour, sharpness and economically available for the Sony alpha range.
negative:Gamble to find in god condition second hand.
comment:I researched zoom lenses in Dyxum and other forums, after being told about it by an ex Minolta rep, and found this lens to have the best all round reviewws. I watched for a reasonbly priced version, and managed to get it for 32 quid. Very pleased with the results.
reviewer#11576 date: Jan-2-2014
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 18-70
Sony 16-50
Tamron 17-50
Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:$90usd (used)
positive:Colors
Sharp
Low distortion
Great Bokeh
negative:Heavy
Long MFD
comment:This lens is amazing, but limited by two factors: The odd focal length range and the ridiculously long minimum focus distance.
On APS-C, it's much too long for wide angle shots, and much too short for telephoto. And the 1.5 meter MFD makes it almost impossible to use regularly indoors.
On full frame, the focal range is a bit better as a walk around lens, though it would still be preferable to have something wider than 35mm.
But within the range, the results are outstanding, especially considering the lens can be found for under $100. It's much sharper than kit zoom lenses, though not quite as sharp as the newest 2.8 zooms. It has the true Minolta colors with fantastic contrast. Very low distortion for a zoom lens.
I find it is nearly perfect for shooting outdoor portraits, especially if you don't want to be stuck with a fixed focal length of a prime lens.

reviewer#11492 date: Nov-20-2013
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-50 kit
Minolta 35-70 f/4
Minolta 24-85
price paid:around 100 USD
positive:This is awfully great piece of glass considering the price. Everything is great, i.e colors (juicy Minolta colors), sharpness, wide focal range. I gave 4 for flare control only because the hood is needed when you shout against the sun. But overall the flare control is also perfect.
Super lens!
negative:Absolutely nothing.
comment:If you find it around 100 dollars just buy.
reviewer#11483 date: Nov-16-2013
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 own this lens
compared to:Maxxum 35-70 f4
Maxxum 50 1.7 RS
Maxxum 28 2.8
Maxxum 100-200 4.5
Maxxum 24-85 3.5-4.5
price paid:$75 USD (used)
positive:Sharp!
Great Minolta colors
Solid construction
Useful range for outdoor/walkaround/street/portrait
Decent macro function
Nice bokeh for a zoom
No CA or PF
Fast focus
No zoom creep
negative:Heavy and moderately long
Not a wideangle on APS-C
Linear distortion visible in most shots if you look for it
Long minimum focus distance
comment:This is my new favorite lens to mount up if I'm only taking one... The range demands that I keep my distance and forget about wide vistas, but it's fantastic for capturing details.
The 35-105 is decently sharp wide open at all focal lengths and gets even better stopped down, it even gives decent images stopped all the way down, though mid f-stops are definitely the sweet spot.

I would say that it has very similar overall image feel to the 35-70 f4 as far as tonality and color in images, but the sharpness and contrast are slightly better than the little 35-70. I will still choose the 35-70 f4 over the 35-105 if I want to travel light, but if I can stand the extra weight and length the 35-105 goes on. However the 35-70 f4 beats the 35-105 in distortion; it (35-70) has slight barrel distortion at the wide end and barely noticeable pincushion at the long end, whereas the 35-105 shows moderate pincushion over most of the range only tapering off to less objectionable levels after 70mm. The 35-105 definitely beats the 100-200 in sharpness and color at 100mm, and over the range they share I like the images from the 35-135 better than those from the 24-85, especially when it comes to bokeh and color.

Compared to primes, I think that at 35mm it beats the 28 2.8 out by a slight margin in every parameter except for linear distortion, at 50mm it gives my 50 1.7 RS a run for its money, but loses out to the prime in the details (although I still like its color rendering better).
reviewer#11392 date: Oct-15-2013
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 own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8
Min 70-210mm f4
Sony 70-200 f2.8 G SSM
price paid:165.00 US new
positive:sharp, color, Bokeh, Build
Excellent portrait and still life lens.
It shows that G magic.
negative:None
comment:I keep looking to up grade this old lens but cant find a lens worthy to do so, it is almost as sharp as the CZ 24-70 but has better color and contrast than the CZ, for portraits I like using this lens between 60mm to 100mm wide open, for still life shots I will close it down to f6.3 to f11, the 35-105 along with its big sister 70-210 f4 are hard to beat. I have owned both for 25 years, and the only lens (35-105) that I have two copies of, truly the best value for a normal zoom on the market today!
reviewer#11391 date: Oct-15-2013
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:Minolta - AF 100 F2.8 Macro D
Minolta - AF 135 F2.8
Minolta - AF 50 F1.7
Minolta - AF 35-70 F4
Minolta - AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5
Sony - AF DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony - AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sigma - AF 90 F2.8 Macro
Tamron - SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
price paid:USD49,95 (used)
positive:The sharpness of this lens blows me away! No other Minolta zoom lens I have comes close, only the primes.
negative:Minimum focus distance of course, but the manual macro mode makes up for that somewhat.
comment:I have a copy in my home country that came with a Minolta film camera. I am away from home for 2 years. Since I am using the A850 I bought a second copy for $50. It is a steal and I would gladly have paid double if not more! I love this lens. I think this is what I will have as my walk around lens. The colors are the best of any lens I have with the exception maybe of the 100mm Macro but they are close.
reviewer#11344 date: Sep-19-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:Sony 18-55 SAM II
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:80 USD (used)
positive:Amazing prime like sharpness
Colors
Build quality
Focus speed
f/4.5 at max zoom
negative:Min. focus distance
Flare
comment:I've bought this lens along with 1.7 to complement the kit lens that came along with Sony a58 and to try out the famous Minoltas. For the price paid and compared with the kit lens, from my amateur point of view, all i can say is - I am impressed. Very. I will skip the known facts that other reviewers have already vividly explained ant try to concentrate on some of my own experiences.

Paired with the a58 the pics i get are prime like quality,and with that taken into consideration the reach is incredible. Like having a 35, 50, and other primes along with everything in betweeen. Works great even in sunsets, as it doesnt slow down too much when zoomed.

Compared to the kit lens -
it focuses louder but much more quickly, much sharper, in most situations gives better colors. A bit orangy/warm and vintage looking when the light is favoring those colors. Kit lens puts more emphasis on blues and bleaches near whites. To my eye, Minolta is more accurate and lush. But not always.

Bokeh smoother, kit lens performs almost noisy sometimes.

What struck me and i feel as important is the fact that it makes the camera give much more consistant results in terms of white balance, sharpness and even exposure.

Considering its age, and being a not so mint example, still performs incredible. Build quality - have no fear when buying.

To sum up, it really feels like an upgrade, without breaking the bank. Personally, for a beginner like me, some pics that are crap at least look like an eye candy when done with this lens :-) I'm hooked.
reviewer#11282 date: Jul-31-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Minolta AF 24-105
price paid:
missing
positive:Solid build quality, sharp, beautiful color.
negative:focal range is not sweet.
comment:Great lens comparing to the price I paid. Fantastic image quality and always the most favorite lens mounted.
reviewer#11242 date: Jul-10-2013
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55SAM kit lens, Sony 75-300 kit.
price paid:160 USD eBay
positive:Color, sharpness, build quality, bokeh, decent macro.
negative:A little heavy, loudish AF, no AF in macro mode, MFD ~5ft.
comment:Purchased off eBay several months ago, in very good shape, excellent optics and not a scratch on the body. The zoom is a little tight. It came with the hood, polarizer, UV filter, and endcaps. I couldn't really afford some of the other more famous Minolta lenses, so settled on this one, 35-105 F3.4-4.5. Wow! I haven't taken it off, except for some indoor closeups. Even then, I'm hesitant to switch lenses and try to work around the fairly long MFD of around 5ft/1.5m.

Tends to hunt very little with the A65 in AF mode, and snaps into focus quickly. I'm still learning the manual focus business in macro mode, but I've gotten some good shots. The bokeh and color are the real thrillers with this lens. The in-focused subjects are very sharp if I nail it, but the rest of the scenes are consistently magnificent.
reviewer#11238 date: Jul-7-2013
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:Sony 50 1.4
Minolta 35 70 f4
price paid:112 EUR
positive:Compact
Very Sharp
Minolta colors
negative:Range for APS-C
comment:Still testing but very happy at the moment. Seems to be a wonderful mid range zoom. Like primes IQ
reviewer#11218 date: Jun-29-2013
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:Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5(N)
price paid:
missing
positive:sharpness!!!!
colors!!!!
bokeh!!!
negative:Flare
rotating front lens
comment:at first I had a Minolta 35-105 New version. I broke up with him quickly. decided to buy this one. Price pleasantly pleased. recommend as the best replacement kit lens. This beercan series lens.
reviewer#11163 date: May-31-2013
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 have experience with this lens
compared to: MAF 28-105, MAF 24-105, MAF 28-135.
price paid:105 EUR (used)
positive:All metal lens Beercan prime versuion, good Marco Version, Very sharp
negative:Very rare, hard to find
comment:Produce sharp image, all metal build, goods Macro, for me too narrow and too short as telephoto.I've changed it for MAF 28-105 and later on MAF 24-105, and finally landed on MAF 28-135.
reviewer#11141 date: May-25-2013
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:35 MM F1.8
50 MM F1.7
price paid:150 USD
positive:Very sharp, good colors, compact size
negative:Minimum focusing distance, odd focal length
comment:Very nice lens, really sharp, very nice colors. With focus peaking you can achieve very sharp photographs. 50 MM F1.7 is sharp at 2.8 but at comparable F stop say 3.5 this lens will beat 50MM 1.7
reviewer#11140 date: May-25-2013
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 own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit lens, 70-210 beercan
price paid:GBP 49 (used)
positive:Pretty much everything you can think of
negative:MFD unless in so-called macro mode
comment:This and the 16-50 that came with my A77 are my two "go-to" lenses right now. Colour and sharpness are both excellent, the "macro" feature isn't true macro but still very handy. MF with Focus Peaking on the A77 works like a dream.

reviewer#11023 date: Apr-8-2013
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeis 16-80
Tamron 35-105 f2.8
price paid:150 cad
positive:Sharp
Price
Weight
Macro mode
negative:Mfd -1500mm
comment:Let me start by saying I recently sold my beloved zeiss 16-80. That lens was my sharpest zoom by a mile. It was razor. I sold it to buy a 16-50 for the ssm and f2.8. My new 16-50 is excellent but is not as sharp as my zeiss was. I also love the range of my 35-105 tamron. For me this is the perfect portrait range. Knowing these two needs I stumbled upon a listing for the minolta 35-105 macro. I read all of the reviews here before buying. Let me just say at this price this lens has just filled a new spot in my lens line up. This lens is every bit as sharp as my $800 zeiss. I mean it. As good. If you already own a good wide angle zoom or prime and want a little more reach. This is the lens to get. Macro switch allows close focus (and can be hacked to allow auto focus in macro). Colour is pure minolta, and sharp sharp sharp. Some light purple fringing with high contrast backgrounds and is prone to some flare,but not as bad as the tamron. Enough said...get out there and get it.
reviewer#10857 date: Jan-17-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:28-135/4-4,5
24-85/3,5-4,5
35-70/4
price paid:40 Euro (Used)
positive:Sharpness
Minolta Colors!
Contrast
Size
Build
negative:Flare can be an issue
Loss of contrast if directed into light
Original lens shade rather useless
comment:I found this on eBay, throw in a bid an got it! At 40 Euros incl freight I couldn´t go wrong I thought and as I wanted something smaller and lighter than my 28-135 (favorite-) lens I thought this would be worth trying. After having used now for a while Im more than pleased with it. Sharpness and colors very similar to 28-135 and seems sharp even wide open. Issues about the same also, MFD is long and sensitive to flare just as its bigger brother. Doesnt like to be directed straight into light either as it will lose in contrast. Other than this though, its hard to beat and for the price its a bargain!
Range good for a FF camera, not as useful on a APS-C though, at least not for my liking ( have not tested it there though). Compared to the 24-85/3.5-4.5 which also is a sharp lens, I prefer the 35-105 due to its creamier bokeh. WIsh Sony could produce a modern version of this lens!
reviewer#10801 date: Dec-24-2012
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:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:112 Australian
positive:Sharp
OK Bokeh
Nice colours - particularly skin tones
negative:Lowish contrast
Poor AF (useless for moving objects)
comment:Nice lens
Pretty sharp
Not as sharp as the STF
Sharper than beercan, 19-55 and minolta 50/1.7
Less contrast than newer lenses, but almost as sharp as I can test. The "unsharpness" in my photos with this lenses appears to be mainly slow focus and camera noise.
reviewer#10797 date: Dec-22-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 SSM
price paid:140 Euro (mint)
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Weight (heavy)
Built
Macro function, which actually is a close up
negative:No 'G' on the lens. ;)
comment:What a fantastic gem this lens is. Despite I do not need autofocus, it is dead on. Not as crazy speedy as the 16-50 SSM, but as fast as a 40 year old retired tennis player, like Agassi. Micro adjustment on my A77: zero, nul, nada.

The design is beautiful, and this 'hidden G' is perfectly in balance with the A77; also with a vertical grip aboard.

Did I mention his sharpness? At least on par with my 16-50 SSM.

A Golden Award.
reviewer#10793 date: Dec-20-2012
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:- Minolta 28-85 3.5-4.5 Macro
- Tamron 28-200 XR IF
- ProMaster 28-105 F4-5.6
- Sony DT 18-55 SAM
- Sony 50mm 1.8 SAM
price paid:120USD
positive:- Sharp, very SHARP!
- Solid built
- Great Colour
- Very good Macro
negative:- Weight
- 35mm is a bit narrow on APS-C but it's alright :)
comment:I'd read and get to known from a few forums that this lens is nicknamed as "Hidden G". Out of curiosity, I went and get my self one of this, took a few shots and I'm speechless. Now I know why it is nicknamed as The "Hidden G". The sharpness and colour produce by this lens is truly amazing! In fact, sharpness can be as good as my Sony 50mm 1.8 or shall I say this one is better! Needn't me to say much, if you haven't own 1 your self, then please reward your self one at least as collector item :) It's worth to have/keep this lens.
reviewer#10735 date: Nov-28-2012
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 28-105
Tokina 20-35 2.8
price paid:99.00
positive:Sharpest I've used
Built solid
Excellent color
negative:short range for APS-C
comment:Picked this up and really impressed by the color and sharpness. 3d look is true. Its' sets it apart from all other lenses I've used. Really wish it was 24 mm on the wide end but for all the range it has it does well. The 28-105 I purchased is not far behind this except no 3D look. I use a 20-35 Tokina for the wide end when I need it. Makes a good duo with this lens. Mine has small scratches on barrel but for a lens this old its a minor blemish. Auto focus is fine and its' operation is rather remarkable.
reviewer#10719 date: Nov-22-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f/1.7
price paid:150 usd (like new)
positive:Amazing sharpness
IQ
Minolta colors
Precision build
"Like tank" construction
negative:Maybe AF speed
Too big MFD
comment:This lens is trully amazing, the colors and sharpness of this lens are out of this world. It has big MFD, but it's macro capabilities compensate for that fault. Once in macro mode you can only focus manually. Everything in this lens is metal, amazing construction quality. If you see one, grab it!
reviewer#10712 date: Nov-18-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:10-20 Sigma
17-50 Tamron
50 Minolta
70-210 Minolta
price paid:50 euro
positive:Sharp
Colours
Macro mode!
negative:range (but I knew this when I bought it)
comment:Was looking for a fine portrait zoom. Guess I found it!
I took it out this weekend and I am very pleased with the sharpness and colours of my copy. If I comepare it to the Minolta 50mm 1.7 I see no difference (maybe when pixelpeeping).
Love the macro mode (manual only!)!
reviewer#10597 date: Oct-15-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 50 1.7 AF
minolta 28-105 RS
minolta 28-85 AF old
minolta 28-135
tamron 28-75 2.8
price paid:50 €
positive:sharp wide open
great build quality
macro is fun & useful
fast & reliable AF
not too big or heavy
Bokeh
55mm filter size
negative:MFD
useless hood on FF makes it flare
some purple fringing wide open

comment:My favourite zoom lens for taking pictures of my kids outdoors. I decided to get this lens by reading all of the reviews here. Having spotted it on an ebay i couldn't resist it anymore.

You have to keep a distance, so it's not ideal in all situations ( MFD of 1,5 meter ).
Excellent sharpness, great colors, good subject isolation (pop). The non-wide angle range generally doesn't bother me with my shooting style, as it is perfect for portraits.
Sharpness is maybe a little lower than the 50mm 1.7 prime, but it shines in comparison with the 28-85 and especially against the 28-105 RS. colour difference with the 28-105 is also quite substantial & also the bokeh ( portrait distances ) is way better compared to that lens.
If it brakes, i'm replacing it with another copy of this lens, I can't see any competition for it in the price range it can be found at. Even in a slightly higher price category, my copy of the tamron 28-75 doesn't come close to its sharpness or AF reliability & the Minolta 28-135, although really in a good state, doesn't show the same level of sharpness in my hands ( but that lens may be too large & heavy for my A55 ).

pair it with a beercan hood & your all set on APS-C.
However, for FF the original hood doesn't bring a lot of shade, & an aftermarkt tulip shaped hood is pointless, as the front lens rotates.


Update 14-01-2013: I now have a 2nd copy, just as brilliant as the first. thumbs up minolta !!
reviewer#10454 date: Aug-16-2012
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:28-135 4/4.5, 70-210 f/4, 50 f/1.7
price paid:90 usd
positive:Very sharp wide open. AF is very fast. Superb build quality, feels solid in hand. The build quality is better than handshake and beer can in my opinion.
negative:Only thing I can complain is the MFD.
comment:This lens is very sharp. The focal length is not very popular especially for aps cameras but it is perfect for portrait. I paid 90usd for this lens and the copy I got is far exceed my expectation. Get one when you still can.
reviewer#10234 date: May-24-2012
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:24mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
price paid:145 euro
positive:become an super 'short zoom' when stopped down bit .
Razor sharp, even in the corners, starting f:5.6
good strong build quality
beautiful model
Great color rendering
Image quality is crystal-clear
Decent Macro
Very useful as an outdoor portrait lens
Very versatile
No distortions at the wide end
fast AF
good value
great felling in hand
Wonderful Minolta colours
negative:Auto focus does not work in macro ( unless you can find an hacked copy with works efficient )
Minimum distance too far,but I go into macro to shorten the distance .
comment:I have tested this lens,many other lenses getting blown away by this lens.
This may be one of the best lenses available in that range.
Not always cheap, however, considering the excellent performance of this lens, the price is a steal.
Comparable with the "legendary" 28-135 and beercan 70-210 , but less heavy .
Bokeh is nice, also in macro mode.

Highly recommended :
As they are getting rarer, the price seems to going up especially for one in really good condition, If you can get one, do it, and do it fast you will not regret it!

reviewer#10124 date: Apr-16-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 16-105
price paid:129 usd (used)
positive:sharp
become super when stopped down
good build quality
beautiful model
negative:little heavy
not very wide compare to other lens i have (sony 16-105)
comment:I'm very satisfied with this lens and the IQ that this lens produce.

work perfectly with my A65. the only downside of this lens is that it would be much better if it could go wider.

I modified my lens so that it can focus on macro and it work like sharm !

the hood that came with the lens seams useless so i use the beercan hood which fit perfectly, it gives better protection from flare and ghost.

highly recommended
reviewer#9907 date: Feb-9-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm 2.8 Macro
35-70mm beercan
70-210 beercan
50mm 1.7
price paid:76.00
positive:Strong build
Great color
Sharp
Decent Macro
negative:Flare
MFD
comment:This is a good lens. The copy I have right now isn't 100% perfect and is still pretty good. I have a second one on the way so if it is any better I will update this. It has some flare issues that can be pretty annoying and MFD is also annoying. Compared to the 50mm 2.8 its no match. The 50 is still my favorite and the sharpness kills at least this first copy. The metal hood from the beercan will work on this but unfortunately to little avail. Overall a good lens strong and sharp especially for the price but you better grab one because they are getting more popular and scarce.
******UPDATE*************************
Ok so did some other more accurate tests in comparison to the 50mm Macro and I have a new favorite. My copy of the lens is absolutely breathtaking stopped down to f5.6 on my a65. At the same focal distance of 50mm this lens was far sharper than the macro. Then when processed with ps raw its even better. If you can get one do it and do it fast you will not regret it! I only wish I had the handshake lens to compare it to. I wold guess its close though.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 140
  • sharpness: 4.80
  • color: 4.89
  • build: 4.89
  • distortion: 4.61
  • flare control: 4.11
  • overall: 4.66

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