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

reviewer#4922 date: Feb-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 35-105
M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Allot of other lenses in it's range
price paid:
build quality
negative:minimum focusing distance
no AF when switched to macro
comment:I think I've owned this lens since 1986, can't say anything bad about this lens except for it's large minimum focusing distance it makes it almost useless on a asp-c sensor. FF it gave me many years as my walk around lens! I would still have this on my camera the majority of the time if the MFD was shorter but the range on a cropped sensor makes it useless in spaces like a house taking snapshots of the family ect.ect. which is what I used this lens for on film! Keeping it around for when I get the A900 maybe it will be my favorite lens again.

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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