Minolta AF 35-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by PeterB

reviewer#3557 date: May-5-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:Minolta 24-105
Sony 17-70
Sigma 28-70
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 :-)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 2.56
  • color: 3.59
  • build: 2.35
  • distortion: 3.35
  • flare control: 2.82
  • overall: 2.94
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