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

reviewer#44527 date: May-22-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 24-105 D
Minolta 28-100
Minolta 28-135
price paid:£60 used
positive:Really solid build
Reasonably fast
Nice colours
Good contrast
negative:Small hood
Not wide enough at 35mm
comment:This was my second FF lens purchased used. At first, I thought it looked a bit antique, but certainly well made and in excellent condition. It lacked a lens hood, but I found one for £15, again in perfect condition. Not really much of a hood, but does the job and is easily reversible, once you take the cap off.
The lack of wide angle, as I was used to on the 24-105, was slightly disappointing, but the quality of shots on the A850 was superb. I tested and tested between the 24-105 and 35-105, but in the end I could not tell any difference. The 24-105 though is lighter (mostly plastic, but still solid).
I was on a roll. Next came the 28-100, but very plastic feel and silver, so it will be sold on. I liked the 35-105, but knew I wanted something wider. Along came my latest addition in the form of 28-135. In comparison, this lens is so much heavier, but does have the attraction of wider and longer. Very similar lenses in build quality and results are hard to tell the difference.
May hang onto this lens, as is a lot lighter than its big brother. Both work fine on my SLT-68, although obviously not wide enough.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 155
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.58
  • flare control: 4.09
  • overall: 4.64
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