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

reviewer#44252 date: Mar-24-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 18-135 SAM
price paid:Free from friend
positive:Unbelievable performer.
negative:Short zoom range
comment:Slightly sharper at 35mm than the Sony camparo at same focal length and f stop. Super light weight for casual street scene use. The Sony costs 100 times more but I cannot tell the difference in IQ between it and the 35-70mm. Hard to believe indeed. I did a test of lenses including The Minolta AF 50mm macro a 50mm F1.4 Asahi Takuma, an 18-135mm Sony SAM, and this one. This was the winner and Sony placed second.

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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