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

reviewer#11760 date: Apr-11-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to: 18-55, 24-85
price paid:$75 USD
positive:Compact, light, solidly made. Cheap and available.
negative: Not as good as the longer and heavier original; no macro.
comment:I paid perhaps more than most for this lens, but it appeared to be unused and totally dust free so I went for it. Maybe it was a fluke, but my copy is better than I'd expected from reading the reviews. Yes, it is soft at 35mm wide open but it's reasonably sharp at 105 WO and at 5.6 and 8 it's plenty sharp for my purposes. The focus doesn't seem to shift while zooming.

This isn't a lens you're going to fall in love with, but it does't do anything glaringly wrong; conversely it doesn't do anything memorable either. But it's short, cheap and light and I like it for snapping candids.

If you're looking for exemplary microcontrast and pop, this isn't going to do it, but if you want a softer and more old time look this lens is handy.

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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