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

reviewer#4282 date: Oct-25-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:70-210/4 (beercan)
price paid:64 USD (used)
positive:Minolta colors
Decent sharpness @f/4
Macro switch
Small size (almost as small as 50/1.7)
A bit of "wobbling" when zoomed out @35mm
Focus ring too slim
comment:Got this lens couple of weeks ago and I'm pleased with it. By pure chance, I got a "crossed X" sample which I found to be identical with a "normal" one so, if you're not a collector, don't forge extra cash for nothing.
Very good sharpness stopped down, decent @f/4. Colors are great and the bokeh is pleasing for my taste (YMMV). Build is quite good, except for the fact that it has a bit of wobbling @35mm. CA is to be expected on a 20+ years lens, especially on 12MP - with a bit of care and stopped down, it ceases to be an issue. Focal range on APS-C isn't that great, but this really depends on your style of shooting. I just love the macro switch, although the magnification is only 1:4. With a 49mm thread, a polarizer won't put a hole in your pockets :) but it's going to be a bit hard to use since the front element rotates when focusing.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania