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

reviewer#12036 date: Nov-19-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di USD XLD
price paid:$62 used
positive:Zoom range
negative:Focus noise
Close focus distance
comment:I am new to some of these older lenses. I have been used to using some newer and heavier lenses, so this actually feels pretty light to me. It is a good weight when attached to my A77. The close focus distance is exactly the same as my Tamron (70-300), so having such a long distance between 35-70 is an adjustment, BUT when you flick that macro switch, its a whole other story. It really shines in macro mode.

I also like the zoom range. I currently have a gap of 50-70mm between my lenses and I frequently switch back and forth. I really do like the range of this lens for the type of shots that I like to shoot.

The focus noise is something to get used to, but still isn't terrible. I dont really shoot video, so its not going to be an issue.

I'm really pleased with this lens and it was a steal for the price I paid. I may look into getting the original 70-210 beercan, but wondering how it will compare with my Tamron.

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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