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

reviewer#4916 date: Feb-26-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:50 1.7
35-70 3.5 - 4.5
35-105
24-50
price paid:50€ mint used
positive:replace the prime with the advantage of a small zoom.
incredible quality.
negative:none
comment:Hardly bigger than the 50 prime. Could be anything else but it is as it is and it's almost perfect. I fell in love with it and managed to find a mint gem with case for 50€. I also have the 35-70 3.5 - 4.5, it's also excellent and can be found for 20€ but I prefer this one by far. I have a large collection of primes and zooms including G's but it is still one of my prefered lenses. I agree with those who prefer a wider range that the 35-105 is also excellent and under rated (usually almost free) and remind the curious that this lens has a fantastic smaller brother the forgotten 24-50 as good as this one but more difficult to find!

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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