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

reviewer#4136 date: Sep-27-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
Sigma 17-70 f2.8 DC MACRO
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Lightweight
Sharp
Fast
Sharp
Did I mention sharp?
negative:Limited range
comment:This wasn't a lens I was actively looking for, but it was bundled with a beercan I have recently purchased.
Thought I would just give it a try and fired off a few shots, just a few snaps of the family indoors.
WOW!! The sharpness has blown me away...easily on a par with my new Sigma 17-70 (which gets rave reviews itself) if not slightly better. Haven't had a chance to use the macro function yet, but my initial impressions are very positive. As others have mentioned, the range is a little limiting but I can see this lens spending a lot of time on my A200.
For the same price as a few beers, I have got myself one awesome little lens. Recommended piece of glass, if you can live with the limited focal range.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 188
  • sharpness: 4.51
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 3.80
  • overall: 4.39
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