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

reviewer#11242 date: Jul-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Sony 18-55SAM kit lens, Sony 75-300 kit.
price paid:160 USD eBay
positive:Color, sharpness, build quality, bokeh, decent macro.
negative:A little heavy, loudish AF, no AF in macro mode, MFD ~5ft.
comment:Purchased off eBay several months ago, in very good shape, excellent optics and not a scratch on the body. The zoom is a little tight. It came with the hood, polarizer, UV filter, and endcaps. I couldn't really afford some of the other more famous Minolta lenses, so settled on this one, 35-105 F3.4-4.5. Wow! I haven't taken it off, except for some indoor closeups. Even then, I'm hesitant to switch lenses and try to work around the fairly long MFD of around 5ft/1.5m.

Tends to hunt very little with the A65 in AF mode, and snaps into focus quickly. I'm still learning the manual focus business in macro mode, but I've gotten some good shots. The bokeh and color are the real thrillers with this lens. The in-focused subjects are very sharp if I nail it, but the rest of the scenes are consistently magnificent.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 156
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.58
  • flare control: 4.08
  • overall: 4.64
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