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

reviewer#44166 date: Nov-7-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-80mm f4-5.6
Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 SAM II
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
Sony 16-105mm f3.5-5.6
Minolta 35-70mm f4
price paid:£6 s/h
positive:Surprisingly sharp, particularly at the short end. The lovely Minolta colours. Small in all dimensions - 49mm filters are cheaper than 55mm ones!
negative:Very limited range as a zoom, very plastic feel, it really doesn't like the sun getting in it. I can see a tiny bit of fringing in very high contrast areas, but only if I pixel peep.
comment:For something that's 'free with every packet of cornflakes' cheap, it's very good to the point that you can almost treat it as a 35mm prime with the bonus that it goes longer. If it breaks, just get another one.

Again, you have to spend considerably more to get something very noticeably better.

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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