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

reviewer#7739 date: Jul-27-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 18-70
price paid:
positive:Cheap, yet produces quality photos. Easy to find. Small and light weight.
negative:Limited focal range. I wish it would go a little more than 70mm, or a little lower than 35mm. Construction feels cheap with all the plastic, but it works.
comment:This is my short range shoot-around lens. I found the quality of the photos taken with this lens to beat out the Sony kit lens, so I've switched this in place of the kit lens for most of my shooting. When I need to switch it up for more range, then I'll take out the beercan or xi.

UPDATE: Since working with this and other lenses more, I've realized just how LOUD and clunky this lens is when it operates. It works, takes good photos, but makes a lot of racket. I've downgraded the build rating from a 3 to a 2, reflecting this.

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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