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

reviewer#628 date: Mar-27-2006
sharpness: 2.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 2.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 35-90, KM 18-70
price paid:
positive:Very cheap second-hand, no lens cap to loose
negative:Soft wide open. Soft at both ends of zoom, better in the middle
comment:Strange lens - it is supposed to be f5.6 at the long end, but it seems to actually be f5 - EXIF shows the lens as only getting to 70mm - it definately zooms beyond 70 (just not by enough to show up on EXIF). Only focuses down to 46cm despite macro claims. Maintains f4 up to 44mm, f4.5 from 45-60 and f5.0 beyond.

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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