Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by dca1213

reviewer#4582 date: Dec-26-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 35-70 macro
Minolta 70-210 Beercan
price paid:FREE
positive:Sharp
Build
Macro Function
negative:A littlee bit heavy for a walk around lens.
Front element is really out there and can easily be damaged.
comment:I got this lens in a lot that included a 7000 body, a mint Minolta 28mm and an MC-1000L remote for $75 USD. I sold the 28mm for $125 USD. I already had a 28mm, and I kept the zoom and remote.

This lens has been a real treat to find. I had been using a Minolta 35-70mm Macro as my everyday walk around lens but the additional reach of this lens comes in handy.

My copy compares favorably with the 70-210 in terms of wide open sharpness, my 35-70 is a bit sharper wide open. Stop it down to 5.6 and it compares very well to both Minolta lenses. All three Minolta lenses outperform the Sony kit lens which I promptly disposed of.

I have not yet noticed CA at the long end so it appears to top the 70-210 in that category, about on the par with the 35-70.

All things considered this is a very nice lens that can be had at a very affordable price on the used market. It has left me with a pleasent problem, my copy of the 35-70 has beautiful IQ, almost 3D, but the 35-105 is close in IQ and has that extra reach. Which will be my everyday walkabout?

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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