Minolta AF 35-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by PeterB
|PeterB#3557 date: May-5-2008|
flare control: 3
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 24-105|
other Minolta zooms
|price paid:||9.00 USD (used)|
surprising at times
built in lens cap
|comment:||I got this lens by mistake a couple weeks ago. But then it was only $9.00.|
Today I played and compared several zooms in the 70-300 range. Just for fun I placed this 35-80 in this lineup. Using the auto setting a lot of CA was visible even on the camera screen and basically not much quality open or stopped down. But then I moved from the AWB to the shade option and that was a surprise. There was no CA, no blowout and good sharpness at f8.
I call it a good learner lens. Others have a wider usable ranges in every aspect but it can take good pictures once you know it's limits. I definitely will pay more attention to the WB options on my camera from now on.
Conclusion - $9.00 well spent :-)