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

reviewer#1914 date: Mar-6-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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:Tamron 35-105 2.8
big beercan
tamron 17-50 2.8
etc etc
price paid:89 USD used
positive:fast zoom
very fast autofocus
sharp when stepped down
negative:not useful in low light
comment:Tough to put this lens into a specific category, but the more I use it the more I come to appreciate it. When carried with the 17-50 makes a great all around lightweight package. I have not done formal testing, but it just seems to autofocus faster than anything else I have on my a100, including newer digital lenses. All around a very fun and useful lens.

Build quality is fantastic. Would love to see more reviews and a formal comparison test done with modern super zooms. I suspect this will do as well if not better than those.

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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