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

reviewer#5934 date: Aug-30-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 1
flare control: 1
overall: 2
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 AF 35-70 F4
price paid:10 Euro
positive:-Light
-Small
negative:- Un-sharp
- Plastic build
- Above 70mm worthless
- Feels like a My First Fisherprice product
comment:Part of a combination with a Film SLR [Dynax 3000i]. Is it his the worst lens made by Minolta? I stack up it there yes and I have found the softness of it interesting.

Compared to the beautiful crafted 35-70 metal body it feels very cheap. Even cheaper then the Sony kitlens, the strange filter thread is not the only weird thing. Also the little flip cover makes you question what is going on. It definitely is not your usual Minolta Lens.

I found it not extremely un-sharp but it is very obvious not as sharp as you desire a lens to be. For normal shooting it would bug me but this will make an interesting portrait lens!

It does seems to have a few big weaknesses in design though and use above 70 seems very inadvisable. Up till 70 it is probably useful portraits only! It isn't though like an expensive portrait lens, more like a cheap bad one. Still at the price I am not complaining.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania