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

reviewer#8227 date: Nov-10-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 35-70
Minolta 50 1.7
Sony 18-70
Beercan
price paid:50 USD
positive:Sharp, classic minolta colors. Inexpensive.
negative:My particular copy has a stiff zoom, feels tight...guess its the opposite of zoom creep.
comment:This lense spends most of its time on my A850. It just feels natural there. I have used it on my A550 as well. I've been pleased with the quality of the pictures - they are sharp and filled with color.
As noted in my negative comment, my copy feels tight when adjusting the zoom. It doesn't have the silky feel that the beercan does. I'd like to get a chance to compare this second generation 35-105 Minolta maxxum lens to the first generation. The build feels solid, but not quite as rugged as the first generation.

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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