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

reviewer#27600 date: Jun-7-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:- minolta af 50mm f1.4
- minolta af 70-210mm f4
- minolta AF 100mm f2.8
- ...
price paid:30€
positive:- Sharpness at all apertures and focal lengths
- Very nicely build
- Color rendition
negative:- minimal focus distance
comment:This lens is one i will probably never part from.

It's always plenty sharp even viewed 100%. I haven't pixel peeped in the corners at wide apertures though, but I can say I've never noticed any softness after using this lens the most out of around 6 for one year.

It renders contrasty and colorful as soon as there's a bit of light.

Flare control isn't as bad as I expected and mostly happen when the sun is in the corner of the picture (in or out) and when it occurs it doesn't look weird. I have lots of pictures with setting sun in the frame and no flare at all.

It vignettes a bit wide open at 35mm, but i actually like the character it has then.

And AF is fast with the LA-EA4 on Sony A7ii.

Only downside is the MFD and the minimum focal length that's sometime insufficient, but that's to be expected.

I had it very cheap and as new, but it's definitely well worth the 100€ it sells for these days.

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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