Sigma 35-135mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#26548 date: Apr-10-2016
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-105
Sony DT 18-135 SAM
Minolta AF 28-105
Minolta AF 28-135
Minolta AF 35-105 Original
Minolta AF 35-105 New
Minolta AF 35-200 Xi
price paid:19 USD (used)
positive:Good center sharpness throughout range
Reach (longer than 135 mm at close focus)
55 mm filter threads
negative:~1800 mm minimum focus distance (varies with focal length)
Curved focus plane
Loose push-pull zoom
Minor CA at long end
Sticky Sigma coating at rear of lens
comment:This lens has been discussed on this forum before, but I hadn't seen any sample or real reviews of it. I have seen pretty good image quality out of other 35-xx zooms and the from the Sigma 24 mm f/2.8 lens, so I decided to try this one. There are more A-mount lenses than we have currently listed in the database.

This borrows the lens ID from the Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 lens. It is much smaller than the 28-135, but a good half inch longer than the original Minolta AF 35-105. The A65, A58, and A68 have no problems focusing it.

The 1800 mm minimum focus distance makes the 1500 mm Minoltas seem like close-up lenses. The main focus throw is rather short, but the macro range which can only be engaged at 135 mm has a rather long throw. The brass button which engages the macro mode is small and located in a bit of an awkward location on the top of the barrel.

Color is similarly warm like the Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 original lens. This lens is definitely sharper than the last Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 I had. It has a similarly curved focus plane as the 1988 Minolta AF 35-105 and 24-85 lenses. The Minolta 28-105 and 28-135 lenses are much flatter.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 3.50
  • color: 3.00
  • build: 3.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 3.50 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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