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

reviewer#9904 date: Feb-8-2012
sharpness: 2
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
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 35-80 f4-5.6 II
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 (Both versions)
price paid:5 GBP used
positive:Cheap
Minolta colour
negative:Everything else
comment:Having used all the Minolta 'consumer' level AF zooms (except the 80-200s f4-5.6), this is easily the worse Minolta lens that I have ever used.

There is no comparison with any of the lenses above, they are all much better.

On the bright side, it could save you a fortune if you want a 'soft focus' lens, LOL.

Use it as a paper weight - oops, not heavy enough.

Don't buy it.

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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