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

reviewer#13220 date: Apr-5-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105 original
50 f/1.7 original
18-55 SAM
price paid:$40, EBay
positive:Small, light, sharp, inexpensive, all-metal build.
negative:May have sticky aperture (don't buy unless you can return, I bought and returned two before I got a good one).
comment:I'd put the build at 5 if not for the sticky aperture problem -- mine is good, but will it last? Sharpness is close to the 50 f/1.7 prime and comparable to the original 35-105 -- it's very good at all lengths and apertures (best at f/5.6 to f/8). Sharper in the overlapping range than the 18-55 Sony, and certainly more solidly built. Flare is probably more like 3.5 than 4. Light weight makes it easier to hand-hold than the 35-105, so I tend to have this on the camera instead when not carrying a tripod.

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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