Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 N A-mount lens review by kerplunk

reviewer#10346 date: Jul-1-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35-105 f3.5-4.5 (1st)
Minolta AF 35-70 f4
Minolta AF 28-105 RS
Tamron 28-200 (A031)

price paid:35 USD
positive:size and weight
negative:Image quality.
comment:I bought this expecting slightly less quality that the older version in a much more convenient size, and was let down, and was not disappointed by the size.

When I first got it, I liked the size and build, put it on my camera and went for a walk. When I got home and started reviewing, I was a bit puzzled with what went wrong with all the pictures looking a bit flat, with no real sharpness. I pretty quickly summed it up to this lens, and figured I must have gotten a bad copy. So I got a second one and tried it, same results.

It was a cloudy day, and I didn't notice any flare, but I'm assuming it will have inherited this quality from it's older version (which is pretty bad), and gave it a 3. Neither of the version I got came with a hood, but it has the same clip on mount so I'll assume the original hood was similar.

If I want something this small and light to carry around, I'll take the 35-70 f4, the missing 70-105 range can be cropped in with better results.

The quality of this lens is far from the original version in my opinion. I think it's more comparable with my Tamron 28-200 super zoom (that is also pretty bad).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 78
  • sharpness: 4.16
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.22
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 4.08
  • overall: 4.28
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