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

reviewer#26560 date: Apr-22-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 1
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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 used to own this lens
compared to:35-70/4,
many of minolta clasics.
price paid:20 eur
positive:Can be very sharp if you get a good copy
negative:can be soft if you get a lemon.
plastic lens mount.
comment:I had two of these.
First one was super sharp wide open at any fl, but lens mount was broken... Second was sharp at 35 mm, but washed out at 70 (ok at F8).
Sharpest lens sample was better than 35-70/4. Sharpness rating 4.5 is given for the better sample.

There are two versions of the lens - one is with distance scale window and one without distacne scale. The good one was without distance scale.

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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