Minolta AF 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by andyken
|andyken#9872 date: Feb-1-2012|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||18-55mm SAM|
50mm f1.7 Minolta
|price paid:||20 GBP|
|positive:||Small and light.|
Fairly sharp stopped down.
Easy to resell!
|negative:||Very soft at wide apertures.|
Rubbish range for APS-C.
Worst Minolta lens I've come across to date.
|comment:||This lens just didn't do it for me I'm afraid. Maybe I just had a bad one, but on both a Sony A100 and a Sony A33, its very soft at full aperture. It improves stopped down, but its never great. Best points are that it is solid and reliable and unlikely to let you down if you're satisfied with its mediocre IQ.|
Compared to the Minolta 35-80 F4-5.6 II, it feels much better built and I expected its IQ to be better, but the 35-80 is simply better at every aperture and focal length. I realise I am going against the general consensus in stating this, as almost everyone else seems to score the 35-70 higher than the 35-80 and this is what I expected as well, but it simply hasn't been born out in practice.
I read FullFrameShooter's review with interest below mine, maybe this lens performs much better on a full frame sensor than APS-C for some reason, but I only shoot APS-C these days.
I'm sure there are worse Minolta lenses out there, but personally I'm yet to find one.