Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 N A-mount lens review by rolleiman
|rolleiman#11760 date: Apr-11-2014|
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|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.