Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by tantran88vn

reviewer#44080 date: Jun-8-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MD 37-70 f3.5
M42, M4/3 lenses on OMD
price paid:85$
positive:Overally very sharp throughout the range.
Very nice color.
Reasonable sharpness at wide open.
Very useful FL range (Wide enough for full frame at least for me)
AF is accurate and fast enough using with LA-EA4 on Sony A7ii.
negative:So long MFD (1.5m).
Quite heavy distortion at wide aperture.
Heavy, narrow focus ring.
Noisy focusing.
comment:I just bought this lens (my first fullframe lens) and really like it: sharpness, color, AF... I got results that I never got on EM10 with M42, minolta MD, M4/3 (Pany 20 f1.7, Oly 40-150 f4-5.6) lense. I think I was lucky to have a good copy.
It pairs well with A7ii using LA-EA4. I'm satisfied with AF performance though it hunts quite frequently in low light (especially using center focus point). I found it's very nice for portrait.
The main thing I don't like is the size and weight. Adding this lens and the adapter makes A7ii look like DSLR system with weight of >1.2kg. But it's all about compromise.

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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