Minolta AF 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by am2lo

reviewer#18357 date: Sep-23-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
price paid:with old minolta
negative:plastic build
APS-C focal range?! if you want a real zoom
severe purple fringing in water reflections and night lights.
comment:So you have a Sony SLT (APS-C) camera and you got no money for a new 50mm or a 85mm fixed lens from Sony. Well you can start with this Minolta 35-70mm cheap zoom and get a sharp and superb 52.5mm F3.5 equivalent lens, an ok 75mm F4 equivalent and a cool washed out portrait 105mm F4.5 all in one piece.

I've been using this 35-70 as my main "50mm fixed lens" for street and landscape photography for about 2 years and I'm loving it. In Lightroom I found that the Sony 35mm F1.4G profile corrects the distortion of the Minolta AF 35-70 at 35mm, how cool is that? I'm sure there must be much better glass out there but for the price you can't go wrong.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 59
  • sharpness: 4.52
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 3.37
  • distortion: 4.34
  • flare control: 4.02
  • overall: 4.18
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