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

reviewer#4436 date: Nov-27-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 50/1.7 - Sony 50/1.4 - Minolta 70-210 F4 - Tokina 19-35 - Sony SAL70300G - Sigma 70-210 APO 3.5/4.5 APO - Minolta 20/F2.8
price paid:au$225
positive:This is one of the consistently best performing lenses I have ever used. It is sharp at all apertures, great color, beautifully engineered. Made like a Swiss watch.
negative:Can't give it a REALISTIC fault.
comment:This is a lens that hardly ever fails to give an incredibly sharp picture. Even a very quick street shot with little time for framing will show every pore in the skin and every eyelash in sharp detail when pixel-peeping. It is as good as my Sony 1.4 for sharpness, just not quite as good in very low light, but more versatile with the 35-70 zoom. I just love it.

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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