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

reviewer#45627 date: Dec-23-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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:Loads of Minoltas and Sony - kit to medium lens (no high end lenses). Especially 16-105
price paid:£25
negative:Depends on the copy you get!
comment:I bought one of these ages ago and used it on my A580. It was okay, nothing special (I thought).

I sold it when I got a 16-105 for my A77ii. But after six months or so, I began to think my 16-105 was a bit 'soft' and looked at old photos taken with the 35-105. I thought 'why did I get rid of that?'. So I bought another one. This one is astonishingly good. Incredibly sharp, at all focal lengths, with super colours.

It had a slight scratch on the lens, so I bought a third, but it was faulty as it wouldn't go to infinity - but lower than infinity it was excellent. As the scratch wasn't actually visible (except for added flare - which this lens is pretty rubbish at dealing with anyway), I kept the second lens. It's now one of my most frequently used lenses.

I've just bought the SAL1650, and to be honest, I'm not sure which is 'better' or sharper.

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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