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

reviewer#11852 date: Jun-1-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 own this lens
compared to:A worthy companion to the beercan.
price paid:45 USD (used)
positive:Tiny (unobtrusive)
Inexpensive, even in great condition
negative:Front element rotates and extends while focusing
MF hampered by tiny focus ring
AF is loud
comment:I give this lens an unqualified "eh". It is reasonably sharp, and functions well as a daylight walkaround lens. The bokeh is never great, but never horrible. AF is pretty accurate, but noisy. Like all "beercan" style lenses from the 1980's, the front element rotates and extends when focusing.

Good condition units exist at very reasonable prices. It is, perhaps, the smallest zoom available in A-mount. Mounted on the a99 or a99ii, it looks like a 1970's reporter's kit; very lightweight and inconspicuous. Absolutely worth every penny (which was not many pennies).

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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