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

reviewer#4870 date: Feb-17-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- 24-105
- 16-80
- 50/1.4
- 18-70
price paid:
positive:+ Light weight
+ Good colors
+ cheep
negative:- small range
- CA in corners
- Useless for me on APS-C
- bokeh
comment:I have small experience with this small legendary lens. It's good enougth. It's better in sharpness and colors than kit lens: 18-70. But range is too short for me. I prefer 50 mm fix (50/1.7 ~ same cost) or better 50/1.4 or great travel zoom (24-105 or 16-80\16-105).
On APS-C this lens is practically useless for me. No wide range. Partrait distance ok, but bokeh is worse. Colors is nice. There are many used lens have troubles in diafragm mechanism. (tested copy have no trubles)

So, it's not lens for me.

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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