Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 A-mount lens review by awa54

reviewer#4388 date: Nov-15-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 18-70 "kit lens"
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Tokina 19-35 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 50 f1.7 RS
Sigma 90 f2.8 macro
price paid:$50 used
positive:sharp
perfect color rendition
smooth boke
just a bit bigger than a prime
perfect range for portraiture on an APS sensor
negative:somewhat long minimum focus distance
limited zoom range on APS
macro switch can be awkward
comment:This lens spends a lot of time on my 5D (and now on the a700), it isn't quite wide enough to be a true all-arounder, but for distant subjects and portrait shooting it is hard to beat without resorting to primes. The tonality of images made with this lens is amazing, for a super compact zoom with macro capability this was a real bargain. Did I mention the smooooth boke transition? Everyone should have one of these!

**additional comments**

After several thousand captures, I have to say that the biggest issue I have with this lens is the fact that flare is fairly easy to get; the classic colored discs type flare can be had, but far more common is a subtle reduction in contrast rendition that may not be noticed through the viewfinder, but is apparent on the editing screen.

Still a great lens, sharp and light for a zoom and has great image character!

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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