Minolta AF 35-200mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by Ltgk20

reviewer#11755 date: Apr-6-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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:Sony 28-75
Tamron 70-200
Sony 70-400 G2
price paid:$135
positive:Great range on full frame for a walk around lens
Low cost
Power zoom works surprisingly well
Pretty sharp stopped down
negative:Manual focus is not practical

comment:I purchased this lens as a walk around lens because I prefer a bit more reach than my 28-75 offers and this one had been reviewed well. The only issue I've had with this lens was finding one without a sticky aperture. The third copy did the trick and has performed well. It's not quite as sharp as several of my other lenses but is acceptably sharp wide open and pretty good stopped down a stop or two. I find it to be a good compromise of cost, sharpness and range.

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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