Minolta AF 35-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#9901 date: Feb-7-2012
sharpness: 1
color: 3
build: 1
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 2.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 28-80 4.5-5.6
Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 70-210 F4.5-5.6 (I)
Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Sigma 70 F2.8 Macro
price paid:
positive:Cheap, Lightweight
negative:Sharpness, contrast, sound, macro ability
comment:This is the worst Minolta lens I've tried (out of 15 in my lifetime). I can see that it is not sharp even on the camera display and viewfinder (Sony SLT-A35). It has however colors so maybe it can be usable as outdoor portrait lens. On the other side I have for other lenses I prefer for portraits.
Focus is slow and loud. Minimal focal distance too long.

Price was 1200 SEK (approx 136€, 178$) But then I got a Dynax 7000i house and Big Beercan as well.
edit - sold and everyone seems to know it's value. I got 1 SEK=14 cent on swedish ebay (tradera)

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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