Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by dca1213
|dca1213#4582 date: Dec-26-2008|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 18-70 kit lens|
Minolta 35-70 macro
Minolta 70-210 Beercan
|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?