Minolta AF 35-200mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by jordo7

reviewer#11025 date: Apr-9-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:28-135
80-200 2.8
35-70 4
price paid:
positive:Wide focal range on FF
Build quality
negative:Wide end max aperture 4.5
comment:Pretty useful lens for outdoors and surprisingly good with bounce flash indoors. Color is great, I feel that this is a very underrated lens.

The zoom is awkward and manual focusing is difficult, but I rarely MF in good light anyway.

Overall this lens is more useful to me than the 28-135 because of the MFD dilemma.

Videos shot with this lens on a99 are generally great quality at F4.5-5.6.

Overall I'd say this lens is my best value purchase to date.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 23
  • sharpness: 4.24
  • color: 4.43
  • build: 4.35
  • distortion: 4.30
  • flare control: 3.74
  • overall: 4.21
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