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

reviewer#11067 date: Apr-25-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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:Mino 28-85
Sony 18-70 kit
Mino 35-105 RS
price paid:30 USD
positive:Beercan build
light weight
compact
macro mode
negative:hood is essential
colors are neutral
comment:I bought this lens many years ago based on its' positive ratings. It is one of my 2 least used lenses. I find that on my A300 and A700, my Min 28-85 outperforms it in all areas except weight & size. I found that barrel distortion at the short end was correctable, but more than the 28-85 or 35-105. On my copy, the colors seemed to be more neutral than the 28-85. Flares badly without a hood; get a short 49mm rubber hood and you'll be okay.

I will keep this lens for use on full-frame when I eventually get there. It is a neat little lens that is about as unobtrusive as my 50 f1.7. If I shot "street" it would get more use; I don't so for now, it stays on the shelf.

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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