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

reviewer#7482 date: May-25-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM
price paid:15.74€ (with 3xi)
positive:- Cheap
- Light
- Sharp
negative:- Really short range
comment:An underrated lens, probably because of its older brother (Minolta 35-70/4) and its very limited range.

It's cheap (generally bundled with an old film camera for a few bucks), lightweight and sharp, but the range just sucks by today standards. It's too long on APS-C (52.5-105, making it a short telephoto lens), while having a limited range on FF. Zooms like the 24/28-85/105 have wider range and are more useful (on APS-C and FF sensors), but they cost a little more money.

Anyway, it's a good lens for beginners and/or if you're on a really tight budget. But if you can afford it, just buy a zoom with a wider range.

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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