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

reviewer#7942 date: Sep-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Minolta 28-80 II kit
price paid:25 USD
positive:-stupid sharp
-found everywhere
-weighs nothing
-Quick focusing
-focus ring is pretty beefy and rubberized
negative:-short focal range
-49mm filter thread (easily solved with a 49->52, 55, etc. adapter ring)
comment:Shot on Kodak Portra 160VC and 400VC with a Minolta Maxxum 4. Nothing touches it in the bang per buck department, if I was shooting pro-anything with an Alpha mount I would definitely have one of these in the bag. Super sharp AND cheap. Next to no CA even when shot wide open.

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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