Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 N A-mount lens review by flyingscot4

reviewer#11267 date: Jul-25-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 28-85mm 3.5-4.5
Min 35-70mm 4.0
Min 35-105mm (tank!)
Min 28-135mm (2 tanks)
price paid:30 USD
positive:Sharp - stopped down
Excellent for daylight
Good for portraits @ 4.5-5.6
IQ wide open
comment:Why do we seem to always want perfection in a lens? I think that we forget to look for the redeeming qualities in almost everything, especially in each other. This lens is far from anywhere near perfect, but it does have some excellent qualities. Yes, it is soft wide open and at f.16 it has its problems. However, this is a wonderful portrait lens between 4.5 and 6.3. On my copy, f.8.0 is SHARP and not good for portraits, but it's great for landscapes. I seldom shoot at f.11.0 and above because it seems that something happens to the contrast. I carry ND filters for that very reason. So the redeeming qualities are weight, softness at large apertures, sharpness in the middle, and easily replaceable for little cost. They seem to be readily available too. Finally, my back loves this lens when I leave the grip and 28-135mm at home.

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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