Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by radi9red
|radi9red#30687 date: Sep-21-2016|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||1. Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 ZA|
2. Carl zeiss 24-70mm f4 FE ( e mount)
3. Carl zeiss 24-70mm f2.8 ZA SSM
|price paid:||$70 USD|
|positive:||++ sharp sharp sharp even wide open|
++ Excellent Centre IQ , good IQ at corners when stopped down to F5.6 onwards
++ full frame lens
++ cheap and yet offers superb IQ.
|negative:||+ MFD a little long for indoor shots|
+ cannot hack the macro mode to support auto focus ( hack only applies to Minolta 35-70mm f4)
The 35-105mm can hacked. However it is more complicated than 35-70mm. It requires to unscrew the lens at lens mount , remove the aperture control stick and you will then see the metal copper pins. Tape row 2,3,and 5. And assemble back.
|comment:||I have been searching around for a full frame zoom lens that is lighter weight than my Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8. This Minolta 35-105mm is a gem when paired with Sony A99 full frame body. The IQ is comparable to the Sony 24-70mm F4 FE on Sony A7 body and the Sony lens costs around $1000 USD. The new sony CZ lens obviously has better micro-contrast and all shots taken by the latest modern lens looks like they had being applied Photoshop sharpening. |
The Minolta 35-105mm produces old school film-like image rendering , however, the details and resolution output even if pixel peep at 100% looks identical to the sony carl zeiss lens.
I took some shots using my 3 CZ lens and this Minolta 35-105mm at f,5.6 , f8 in good sunny days. After shooting all these in RAW ( with customized sharpening settings applied) and opening them on my PC , I couldn't tell a differences even if I peep at the corners which lens took them.
This lens is indeed a hidden G. reminds me of the output of my other older Minolta G lens. If you are considering to get one from fleabay , I would suggest you spend a bit more to get a mint copy. it's worth to keep this lens.