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

reviewer#4473 date: Dec-5-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 AF28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta AF24-105D F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-105N F3.5-4.5
Sigma AF17-70 DC F2.8-4.5
Sigma AF18-200 DC F3.5-6.3
price paid:
positive:Nice "feel" in pictures
Constant F4
negative:Week construction of apartures regardless of nice build
comment:The positive thing about this lens is that the "feel" of the pictures comes out very nice - with saturated colors and contrast that makes an impression of sharper images (even thoug this lens is a little overrated in regard to sharpness).

It's not as sharp as the best Minolta lenses, but who cares - because the way the pictures come out they have a sharp "feeling".

Compared to other used Minolta lenses I have found that this one seems to be more sensitive to get oily apertures over time, so be carefull when buying a sample. (However, one of my previous samples of this lens only worked fully open - and still the pictures came out very nice with an attractive "feeling".)

The "beercan" design and build exterior of the lens is excellent (and deserves a 4 rating, but as I've had two with aparture problems out of a total of 4 lenses, I cannot rate this lens better than 3 in regard to build).

Never the less, a great performer with "feeling". Much nicer pictures than new lenses!
Should be one of the first classic Minolta lenses anyone buys as they come at cheap prices and performs very well - but check the apartures for oil before buying!

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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