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

reviewer#44272 date: May-1-2019
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105mm f3.5-5.6
Sony CZ 16-80mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-80mm F4-5.6
price paid:£30 s/h
positive:Sharp, lovely colour, solid build, virtually no colour fringing even with high contrast images.
negative:Very long minimum focus distance for the length.
comment:Oh, this one is great (or it can be: given their age, even the very high build quality can't save some copies from problems like fungus) and for the price you can get it for now, it's an absolute bargain.

The range would be better on full-frame than APS-C, but I will still happily spend days wandering around town with this on the camera and it's only the way that the Sony's go much shorter that it doesn't get taken on 'one or two lenses' trips.

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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