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

reviewer#11745 date: Mar-23-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Plenty.
price paid:
positive:Macro switch.
Constant f/4.
Reliability of Minolta legacy lenses.
So cheap these days it's dang near free.
negative:Hood is a joke, and that is IF you find it with the usually missing hood.
No ADI and no modern coatings.
Focal range is not so great on FF and pathetic on APSC.
Zoom ring is small and clumsy.
comment:This is a tiny lens. Lightweight and small is nice, but focal range is not so nice. On apsc bodies, 35-70 is as odd as you can find.

Colors are very nice, typical Minolta.

Sharpness is pretty good and bokeh is pleasing enough.

This lens would benefit from a better hood, and for whatever reason many are for sale without the hood.

This is a good lens if you are on a budget. Give it a shot. It certainly is cheap enough. Cropped sensor cameras will not pair well indoors. Outdoors the focal range is less of an issue. This lens will render superior images to Sony's 18-70 kit lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 189
  • sharpness: 4.51
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 3.80
  • overall: 4.39
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