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

reviewer#26567 date: Apr-25-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
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:Minolta 50mm f:1.7 AF same sharpness.
price paid:$4.95
positive:Super sharp, super fast AF focusing, power zoom cheap build quality, BUT who cares! its focus sharpness is amazing and its so cheap, i paid $4.95 on eBay. Its very lightweight allowing my KM 7D to focus it fast.
negative:Cheap ABS build quality, makes you think its a lousy lens, BUT its really great optics, MULTI-Coated optics.
comment:there is no sharper lens for Minolta A mt. in AF for ridiculous little money....... I took a single close up of a red tulip, just one flower head insides and it was shockingly beautiful colors and sharpness. I think Minolta took a really bad Rap with its ABS construction lenses that may have cost them buyers for sure, But Minolta certainly didn't go cheap on the optical design.

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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