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

reviewer#4386 date: Nov-15-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:28-135, 35-70 F4, 35-105 RS, Beercan, 70-210 3.5/4.5, 70-210 4.5/5.6
price paid:au$125 (1988)
positive:One of the most consistently sharp of the original Minolta lenses. Good colour, really solid construction, fast focus on A100. Great walk about lens, solid but still light enough to carry all day without concern.
negative:None.
comment:I tend to relate most of my comparisons with zooms to the Beercan because of the inexplicable status that lens has acquired. This lens definitely has a better IQ than the Beercan and I own two copies of it, as well as two copies of the Beercan. If I do not need the reach, I prefer this lens to the Beercan or any other lowrange zoom aside from the even lower range 35-70 F4 (which is also consistently sharp with great colour.) It is one of the few zooms that I can use either wide open or full stretch without any softness on a digital. It performs better on digital than it does on my Minolta 700si.

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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