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

reviewer#12118 date: Feb-3-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Zeiss Vario Sonnar DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Sony G 70-300 SSM F4.5-5.6
Tamron Di II 60 F2 Macro
Minolta AF/100 F2
Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5
Minolta AF/50 F1.7
price paid:€ 25 (used)
positive:This is a small compact and light lens on my A350 that covers the most common focal range; and I got it for almost free alongside a much wanted 100 F2. It doesn't cast a shadow of itself when used with built-in flash. Auto-focus works quickly and reliably.
negative:Only 3x zoom; modest max aperture. No ADI function
comment:For any purpose I have a better lens in my lineup, but all are heavier and bulkier (except my 1.7/50 prime). And after all this lens is still pretty good, in particular when you take the price on 2nd hand market into consideration. It has the beautiful Minolta colour rendition. It has good but not excellent sharpness and contrast (at least in the APS-C area). So what do you expect? For €25 it is really good value for money.

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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