Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 A-mount lens review by Brossardois

reviewer#10906 date: Feb-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta Beercan 70-210mm F4
Sony Kit Lens 18-70mm, 75-300mm
price paid:45 CAD (used)
positive:Very Sharp
Minolta Colours
Constant F4
Easy to find bargain
Lost cost walk-around lens
Solid build
negative:Range not wide enough for group shots on APS-C sensor
Minimum focus distance
comment:Favourite lens in my bag for its versatility and overall image quality. I use it as my walk-around lens on my A300 for both indoor and outdoor. The colours and sharpness are similar to my other two Minolta lens i.e professional beautiful IQ and a notch or two over the Sony kit lens. The constant F4 is useful in low light and creative shots; Bokeh is smooth. Macro is also usable for my purposes (switch & manual focus).

Although I pointed about about its limited range, don't be afraid about the lack of wide angle range. This kind of range on APS-C is usable for portrait and small group shots or landscape, just not good for big groups in small space. Zoom in and out a bit with your feet.

Bottom line is a lots of fun for the money, highly recommended.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 185
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 3.80
  • overall: 4.39
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