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

reviewer#11391 date: Oct-15-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 100 F2.8 Macro D
Minolta - AF 135 F2.8
Minolta - AF 50 F1.7
Minolta - AF 35-70 F4
Minolta - AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5
Sony - AF DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony - AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sigma - AF 90 F2.8 Macro
Tamron - SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
price paid:USD49,95 (used)
positive:The sharpness of this lens blows me away! No other Minolta zoom lens I have comes close, only the primes.
negative:Minimum focus distance of course, but the manual macro mode makes up for that somewhat.
comment:I have a copy in my home country that came with a Minolta film camera. I am away from home for 2 years. Since I am using the A850 I bought a second copy for $50. It is a steal and I would gladly have paid double if not more! I love this lens. I think this is what I will have as my walk around lens. The colors are the best of any lens I have with the exception maybe of the 100mm Macro but they are close.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 154
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.88
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.58
  • flare control: 4.08
  • overall: 4.64
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