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

reviewer#30697 date: Oct-13-2016
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sig 28-80๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Minolta 28-80๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ 28-135๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป Sony 28-105๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป
price paid:$35โ“
positive:Dirt cheap, great quality.I find the older standard series Mino-AF lenses superior & closer to the G models than the ones produced just before Sony took over. This example possesses what I coin "Minolta Magic", a combination of color&contrast you must experience to appreciate.(mind you the robust color is unique, more than meets the eye) Macro button is a Godโ€™s send, but tricky to master the techniques to best utilize it.
negative:Zero IQ, can't fully utilize the modern camera features.Min. focus awful,hunts even in medium light,manual is focus best.
comment:Good old lens,slow performance, inconsistent results, nice to have if you get a great price and like experimenting. Iโ€™ve taken it on vacations and was disappointed. My experience has proven lenses made to match the modern cameraโ€™s tech win over the nuances of the old classics.

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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