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

reviewer#7501 date: May-27-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-80 silver
35-80 power zoom
28-85 beercan
price paid:25 Euro (used)
Quality of the optics
negative:Plastic bajonet
comment:Perfect basic walk around zoom for a film camera.
Combined with a (film)3i camera, setting on A, f6,7, this set is a perfect street shooter or e.g. a companion during a multi day trip.
You can find this lens in good condition for 25 Euro.
If I compare the optical quality and the results (with foto's 13 x 18 cm) this lens is not so prone to flare and this makes performance sometimes better than an expensive "opponent".
The limited zoom range is reflected in the weight of the lens.
I gave the build quality a 4 due to the plastic barrel.

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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