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

reviewer#11830 date: May-16-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sigma 28-70 3.4-4.5
price paid:20 USD used
positive:Price. These are plentiful and very inexpensive. Nice walk around size. Macro. Great color and excellent sharpness once micro adjusted on the A77. Good auto focus even in dark situations with virtually no hunting. Good build quality, and works surprisingly well for it's age. Light (since it's not large), making it a nice lens for an all day outing or event. Renowned Minolta colors.
negative:Not much....
Purple fringing in high contrast, especially back-lit shots (but fixable in PP). Would have been nice to have been an f2.8 or lower for low light use but a flash will compensate.
comment:Once this lens is micro-adjusted on the A77, the focus is spot on 99.9% of the time and razor sharp, with only the occasional miss. Focus is fast even in low light situations (considerably lower light than will expose actually), with virtually no hunting. If you're on a tight budget, this is an excellent choice to add to your lens collection. I went to shoot a wedding with 5 lenses in tow, and ended up using this one for 80% or more of the shots with excellent results.
I've seen a lot of complaints of range on a crop sensor that it's not big enough for group shots, well back up a little :-)

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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