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

reviewer#35784 date: Mar-2-2017
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 28-70 f/3.5-4.5, Baby beercan, etc.
price paid:25 USD (used)
positive:Small 3X zoom, good bokeh, good flare resistance, sharp stopped down
negative:Wide open is soft and blurry off axis, low contrast
comment:Really too soft wide open for 16MP APS-C even in the center, with some SA and gets blurry off axis. Better on 24MP FF. Stopping down helps, and by f/8 it's very nice. Minolta colors, easily beating the Sigma in that but not sharpness. Acts a lot like the beercans, but lower contrast and better built than the baby beercan. Almost really good bokeh; better than most zooms. Fast but clunky AF. Overall, a decent AF street shooter that can also do portraits.

More of my comments on this and sample images at https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59206280

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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