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

reviewer#7260 date: Apr-7-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:

Sigma 28-70 2.8 EX DG
Minolta 35-105 RS
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 135 2.8
Minolta 100 2.0
price paid:100 €
positive:Very sharp even wide open
Good zoom range
negative:Noisy
comment:Nice color and sharpness. I like the lens, its size and the weight of less than 500 grams. I have compared it to the Minolta 28-135, which I have sold, while I have kept this lens because it delivered sharper pictures. The motorized zoom produces a strange noise, but who knows - maybe motorized xi zooms will become popular again with new Alphas offering video functionallity. For me this is an underrated lens. Maybe this is because of the last two reviews here where the the positive comments don't fit the ratings.
Flare is pretty pronounced. While skiing I took some pictures close to the sun's direction - people looked like ghosts with a blue contour. Therefore I lowered flare to 3.

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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