Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 A-mount lens review by donniefitz2

reviewer#43005 date: Feb-6-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:Minolta 70-210 f/4.0
Minolta 50 f/1.7
price paid:$21.00
positive:I'm on my second copy of this lens and my expectations where low. The last one I had was reasonably sharp, but nothing special. The copy I recently purchased on Ebay is a cross X version and the sharpness blew away my expectations. Wide open it's really impressive and the color and contrast are awesome. Really happy with it.
negative:I forgot how bad the minimum focus distance is. It sucks, but I'll learn to live with it. Also, it's kinda wimpy looking on my a850.
comment:I'm really happy with this lens and it's a good range on full frame. Not so much for APS-C. Sharpness wide open is very sharp on my copy and the colors and contrast are amazing.

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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