Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#10764 date: Dec-9-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mino 35-105 old and new
Mino 50 1.7
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Tamron 70-300 usd
Sony 35 1.8
Tamron 60 f2 macro
Sony 18-55 Kitlens
price paid:30 Euro
positive:- Build quality
- Sharp wide open
- Its small and lite
- Great walk around lens on Full Frame
negative:- Not realy usefull on apc
- Flare
comment:I have had this lens for 2,5 years and never really used it on my A500/580.

It produces really nice sharp pictures wide open and i really love the colors.
But the range was just not that usefull for me on APC.

Now that i have got the A99 it makes sence. I like it a lot. Its a nice small walk around lens.
reviewer#10561 date: Oct-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 28-135mm f4/4.5
minolta 100mm f2.8 macro
minolta Rokkor 58mm f1.2
Sony 70-300g
sigma 10-20mm f4.5
Takumar smc 50mm f1.4
carl zeiss flek 35mm f2.4
carl zeiss sonnar 135mm f3.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp wide open
build quality
negative:flare but with a good hood not a problem
comment:After reading the reviews on here regaridng this lens ,i found this lens for £20 ,best £20 ive spent on a lens.
tested on my a77 ,sharp -very sharp even wide open ,build is execellent like all the other beercan type lens .

flare is controlled by a good hood .Don't hestitate to buy this lens .
reviewer#10376 date: Jul-13-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 F1.7
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
Minolta Af 28-80 F3.5-5.6 (KIT)
price paid:120EUR (used)
positive:- sharp
- build
- macro switch
- colors
negative:- range on APS-C
- lens hood
comment:I love this lens! At first, when i bought it, i leave it in my bag because i didn't find a real use for it. Then i tried another and another time until i fall in love with it. It's very sharp at any focal, it has wonderful colors and, compared to the 50mm (that is sharper a bit) it's a zoom!
Ok, its range is not so wide but it helps sometimes!
And, as an extra, it has the Macro switch to get closer to the subject... must have!
reviewer#10309 date: Jun-17-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 f2.8 SSM
Minolta 35mm f2
Minolta 28-135
price paid:60 Euro / 30 Euro
positive:light, good build quality
negative:not wide enough on aps-c
comment:it is a nice lens for street photography if you don't want to carry a large zoom. my copy is sharp wide open.
(addendum) I sold that copy last year but regretted it. Now i got a different copy for only 30 Euro, on my new A99 it has a much more useful range than on APS-C. This copy is even sharper than the first one, i raise the rating to 5. Highly recommended!
reviewer#10204 date: May-15-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-Sigma Zoom Master 35-70 F 3.5-4.5
- Sony 18-70 4.5/5-6 Kit lens
- minolta af zoom 28-80 F 3.5(22)-5.6 (Silver)
- Minolta AF Zoom 35-80 1:4(22)-5.6
- Minolta AF Zoom 35-80 1:4(22)-5.6 (Silver)
price paid:Dont know
positive:Nice metal build, sturdy.
Regular use lens.
fast AF
negative:Not one of the sharpest lenses but way better than the modern sony kits
comment:This one is mounted on a daily basis on my Sony A-350
reviewer#10182 date: May-7-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 4.1
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 35 1.8
Sony 50 1.4
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:45 USD
positive:Price
Color
Sharpness
negative:Flare
comment:Love this lens and agree with most of the positives already out there, but don't understand the negative comments on the focal length. I happen to like 35mm and 50mm on a crop sensor and this lens covers both those lengths, so I'm happy and this covers about 80% of what I would ever shoot during the day. In fact, at f5.6 and up it's hard for me to tell from looking at a photo whether it came from the 35-70 or one of the other lenses, and it's only when you blow things up and compare individual pixels that the primes start to show their superiority. Unless you're making posters you'll be quite satisfied with the results.
reviewer#10179 date: May-6-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 24-70
price paid:eur 20
positive:Small. Very good sharpness and colors. Nice range for full frame. Inexpensive.
negative:Some CA and only F4. Front element turns when focusing.
comment:I bought this together with a Minolta 7000 and a 100-200 4.5 for 40 euro. Was I in for a surprise. I might just have gotten a good copy but this little lens is great. Very small but great sharpness. If you do have a full frame and can buy a nice copy don't hesitate you won't regret it.
reviewer#10175 date: May-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:sony 18-55
Min 35-105
Min 28-105RS
Min 35-105N
Many min kit lens
price paid:$20 AU
positive:Sharpness
Colours
Price
build
negative:Flare
Flare
Range on aps
comment:This is the lense that made my wife understand the difference between a sony kit lens & a minolta classic. It was well sharp and had great colours. If you are able to set up a photo so you wont have a problem with flare then the beer cans are the way to go cheap and the IQ is definatly wow. My version did not have the macro hack but most macro is manual focus anyway. I think everyone needs an original minolta in there collection of A mount lenses.
reviewer#10094 date: Apr-9-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:NZ$52
positive:Light well built and compact
negative:Supplied lens hood is useless.
comment:Fitted to APS-C is equivalent of a 50-105mm on a 35mm film camera
I learned photography in the '50s, my first 35mm camera had a 50mm lens - no zoom at all! Certainly you can miss the wide angle if you are used to having it and using it but the quality of this lens over rides that
reviewer#10035 date: Mar-18-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.7 prime,
Minolta 28-80 zoom
price paid:29,50 €
positive:Sharpness, colour, lightness, better range than 50mm prime ;-)
negative:Almost no differential focus, unless in macro mode.
comment:This lens would make no sense to me on a crop sensor camera because of the 50-100mm equivalent field of view there. In that kind of range, I'd really like decent differential focus.

On full frame cameras, by today's standards 35-70 hardly counts as a zoom either. Compared to today's zooms this one is _restrictive_, make no mistake.
However I bought it for my film 600si, where it nicely complements the Minolta 50mm 1.7 prime in all those situations where a prime just doesn't 'cut it' (such as framing a landscape from the top of a look-out, for example). It certainly has all the sharpness I'll ever need, plus wonderful colours, plus the flexibility in framing. Minus the bokeh.

Just be aware that if you need differential focus, this lens will only provide it in macro mode...

Build is just fine and AF is fast enough for most kinds of situations encountered with this type of lens.

To summarize: recommendable for full frame/film, if you usually use primes and need a zoom just in case.
reviewer#9941 date: Feb-16-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Sony 18-55 Sam
price paid:£20
positive:Cheap
Sharp
Build Quality
Minolta Colours
negative:None so far
comment:Bought this for 20 GBP and costs me 2.50 GPB for the front and rear caps
Nearly as sharp as my Minolta 50mm f1.7 at f4 when at f4
reviewer#9774 date: Jan-10-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:All other original AF series (Beercan, 100-200/4.5, 50/1.7)
Sony 18-70 Kit
price paid:40 USD
positive:-Compact
-Light
-Range on FF
-SHARP !
negative:-MFD
-Macro switch
-Build could be better
comment:I really enjoy the results from this lens. It is amazingly sharp, and the range is quite versatile on FF, albeit a bit short. Perfect for landscapes, everyday shots and walking about. A real bargain for the price !

MFD is sometimes restrictive, and using the macro switch is a PITA. at 35mm (fully extended), the barrel can wobble a bit, not unlike the Sony 18-70. Flare control is nothing to write home about. The original hood is next to useless, it's better to use the hand to block out the sun (or don't shoot with the sun in your face).
reviewer#9727 date: Dec-29-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:85 USD
positive:Sharpness
color
weight
negative:None
comment:This has become my walk around lens for use in daylight, and i love it.
reviewer#9671 date: Dec-6-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:- Size
- Cheap
- Sharp
negative:- MFD
- F4
comment:Is sharp, is good on outdoor portrait.
Most of the time I use for sunrise photography as easy to carry and reasonable weight.
Sell it after bring 35-105 for longer range coverage.
reviewer#9638 date: Nov-27-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:30 USD
positive:Compact
Usable range
Dirt cheap!!!!!!
Sharp
Macro
negative:For the price-NOTHING
comment:This lens is really great. It's selling really cheap a d produce great quality images. I like its bokeh and it's my do it all lens. The macro is great but only manual focus in macro mode which is alright.

I bought this lens with Minolta maxxum 7000 and flash for $30 plus shipping which was great as I was going to pay that amount for the lens alone!!!!

If you find one cheap, go for it. It's wonderful lens.

Happy shooting.
reviewer#9635 date: Nov-27-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:USD100
positive:Sharp, constant F4, nice minolta colour.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9629 date: Nov-26-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:40 CHF
positive:Light
Sharp
Colour$
Cheap
negative:Tricky to focus at times
comment:A nice little lens, worth buying just to play around with. I now have 5 minolta lenses and they all exhibit the great minolta colours i have heard about but never appreciated. Long live Minolta.
reviewer#9620 date: Nov-23-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70mm f2.8 ZA
35-105mm f3.5-4.5 Orig
28-75mm f2.8 Tamron
28-70mm f2.8 Tokina
price paid:$50 USD
positive:Small and light
Well built
Great Minolta color
Sharper than I expected
negative:Flare
comment:I bought this lens on a whim and it arrived a day or so before the 35-105 original. The 35-105 got most of my attention for quite a while. I finally got around to this lens and BOY am I glad I did. It gives a clean and sharp image. I love it for everyday walk around lens (on a FF). The color is nice Minolta style but not over the top in saturation. It is quick to focus and fairly accurate when locked on.

I would consider this the Yin to the 35-105's Yang. The 35-70 presents closer to the 24-70 ZA while the 35-105 presents closer to the 70-200 G SSM in terms of image rendering. In a pairing I would take the 35-70 and 135 ZA vs the 35-105 and the 200 G HS APO.

I seem to always keep this lens on one of my bodies and find it to be a very reliable WYSIWYG lens. I may have been lucky with the version I have (got it from KEH) as it is sharp at every aperture along the full focal length.

I paired this lens up with the 70-210 Beercan and it put the Beercan to shame in terms of sharpness, color rendition and contrast. This lens is the best buy ever - for me that is.

I haven't done any portraits with it so I will have to get back to you on that score. Other than that I can whole heartedly recommend this lens and would go as far to say I find it to be the poor man's light weight 24-70 ZA (minus the color difference of course).

reviewer#9471 date: Oct-5-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4 Beercan
Minolta 50/1.7
Sony 35/1.8
Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 DT
price paid:35 GBP (used)
positive:weight
good macro (for the price)
works great with Hoya macro filters
negative:range on APS-C
comment:I bought those lenses mostly for its macro capacity, as I prefer primes in this zoom range.

Those lenses are best fit with Hoya macro filters, I've seen so far. I use +2 most often (due to handheld) and results I great - sharp.
It does not compare to proper macro lenses (I had a pleasure of using Minolta 100/2.8) but works way above expectations.

I used it for general photography with nice sharpness and colors and good AF but APS-C rage was quite limiting here. And I prefer prime lenses for cityscape/candid photos so haven't used those enough to have any comments in this department.

Hood is pretty much pointless, too small to reduce flare and while reversed it block access to focus ring.
Given the current price I would recomend it as nice walk around lenses (much better than Sony 18-55) due to its weight
reviewer#9407 date: Sep-11-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 xi
price paid:$50 with 7000
positive:Fast lens for low light, esp. video. Has a macro button
negative:Sticky zoom ring, dry white Minolta wear on ring. Macro is not very close.
comment:Picked this gem up at a Goodwill type store. I had originally purchased a slower Minolta 35-70 which I bashed against some rocks when climbing in Banff. I missed the lens a lot and thought that I had found one attached to a mint 7000 in a mint leather case for 50 bucks. This is my best bargain find to date and I love it as an all around lens, it is fast at autofocus, good in low light (it was a darling kit lens when it came out and I could not afford it) and were it not for the crop factor, would be my only lens for everyday use. Now if I can only find the guy that stole the beer can from my car! (Got the car back)
reviewer#9406 date: Sep-11-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 xi
price paid:$50 with 7000
positive:Fast lens for low light, esp. video. Has a macro button
negative:Sticky zoom ring, dry white Minolta wear on ring. Macro is not very close.
comment:Picked this gem up at a Goodwill type store. I had originally purchased a slower Minolta 35-70 which I bashed against some rocks when climbing in Banff. I missed the lens a lot and thought that I had found one attached to a mint 7000 in a mint leather case for 50 bucks. This is my best bargain find to date and I love it as an all around lens, it is fast at autofocus, good in low light (it was a darling kit lens when it came out and I could not afford it) and were it not for the crop factor, would be my only lens for everyday use. Now if I can only find the guy that stole the beer can from my car!
reviewer#9372 date: Aug-30-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 19-35 f/3.5-4.5; Quantaray 28-80 f/3.5-5.6; Minolta 50 mm f/1.7; Tokina 70-210 f/1.4-5.6; Tokina 35-200
price paid:Gift
positive:Weight, range, sharpness, color, macro, constant aperture
negative:AF a little slow and imprecise in low or back lighting.
comment:This is a great little lens. I had bought and sold two or three on ebay, basically passing it over for either wider angle zooms or longer zooms when I needed a zoom. When a friend gave me his old maxxum a couple of years ago with this lens, I decided to try it out again, and was pleasantly surprised. Compared to the Quantaray, and even the Tamron 19-35, it was much sharper, and has much better color rendering.

I was considering purchasing the Zeiss 24-70 f 2.8 lens at the time I started reusing this. I liked it so well I upgraded my flash to the Sony HVL-F58AM, and use the combination both indoors and outdoors (for fill flash). I shoot quite a few events such as birthday parties and community events, and get rave comments on the photos, people especially commenting on the clarity and color.

I'll probably bite the bullet and add the Zeiss 24-70 when my Alpha 77 ships, as I think the faster lens will work well with video. But for stills, I am very pleased with this little "mini-beercan" manufactured probably 30 years ago!

It's the second most frequently attached lens on my Sony Alpha 700 (the #1 being the 135 mm f/1.8 Zeiss - incredible, but that's another lens).
reviewer#9350 date: Aug-23-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85 3.5-5.6
K/M 18-70
Sigma 28-80
Sakar 28-70 3.5
price paid:$30 USD (ebay)
positive:constant aperture
sharp
good build
nice size
macro
negative:Odd range for APS-C
comment:This lens is great for anything that doesn't require a wide angle or a big zoom. I really dig the sharpness through all apertures and distances. Colour seems good, but I doubt I'd notice unless it was terrible. The bokeh seems pleasing enough, neither remarkably good or bad. I haven't noticed any flare at all, even shooting towards the sun. Maybe I've just had good luck with my angles because I don't generally worry about that sort of thing.

Sony A300

Update: After a few months of going through other lenses, this lens is still a favourite. I prefer the macro mode on this lens to the macro mode on the 28-85 because it's at the tele- end of things. Superior colour and sharpness compared to the kit lens. I treat this lens like a prime and use it when I've got room to get around my subject because I still find the range odd. Wide open performance is nice.
reviewer#9348 date: Aug-22-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80mm
Minolta 28mm
Minolta 50mm
Minolta 70-210
price paid:$75.00 USD
positive:Cheap, solid build first generation all metal, light weight, AF is accurate enough for general subject but a tinny bit slow, f4 constant, macro option is limited but accurate enough, f8 is the sweet f-stop
negative:Sharpness is no worst or better than kit lens, it's old and CA + Color accuracy need a lot of tender loving care in Photoshop, past f8 you must underexpose by 1 to 2 stop to get accurate reading, noisy AF and minimum 3.5 ft distant
comment:If you work on a low budget go get it it's still cheap (Under $50 USD) but you'll get better result with the kit lens specially on CA et color rating. if you're good at Photoshop you'll correct a lot of defaults if not then stay away from this lens. Unless my copy has a problem, I notice I had to underexpose from 1 to 2 stops past f8, specially around f22. It will never replace my CZ 16-80. It fare better on my MAXXUM 9000 with film. With APS-C sensor as with my A700, I ended up with a 50-105mm lens, not great in today's standard, I would recommend this lens for student work only.

Correction: I did have a problem with the diaphragm, had it fix, and now the lens is back to normal in terms of F-Stop, but all my other notes on the review stay the same.
reviewer#9239 date: Jul-17-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 18-70
price paid:31 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Colour (Photoshop not needed)
Bokeh
Weight ans size
negative:Range
comment:Sharp from f4-f22 and from 35 to 70.

Great image quality. Worth its place in your bag (or pocket) as it is small and light. I have used almost all of the 'consumer' level Minolta glass and only the original 35-105 is sharper.

Classic lens - use and enjoy
reviewer#9043 date: May-23-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35-105mm@f3.5/4.5
price paid:25 Euros
positive:- Compact & light
- Built
- Constant F4
- cheap
- Minolta colours
- macro function
- pretty sharp(but could be better)
negative:- No AF in Macro mode (but could be hacked!!)
- Range
comment:Recently I bought a Minolta AF 35-105mm (same generation), and now I do not use anymore my baby-beercan.
The AF, even if it could be faster, is really better than beercan or big beercan.
In low light condition, the AF is hunting.
Also compare to beercan, the MFD is acceptable.
reviewer#8918 date: Apr-13-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-85 3.5-4.5
50 1.7
price paid:30 Can
positive:Small light
Macro (Hacked)
great for Film
Great colors on Film and contrast on B/W film
Constant F4
Sharp even wide opened and tack sharp F8 up
negative:Build
small Hood (Flare problems)
useless on APS-C
comment:Now here is a weird but neat lens. It is useless on APS-C but who cares, it was not designed for that.
I use it when i need a light lens to walk around with my Maxxum 9. Its almost smaller than the 50 and gives me great mobility and reach if needed. The Macro feature is great as well. The colors on Digital are ok but look great on film.
I would compare it to its big brother, the 28-85 which has better Macro, better colors and better build but not as portable and heavier. (I also own the 28-85)
This lens is cheap! if you see a good one, get it.
reviewer#8873 date: Apr-5-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.1
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 35mm f1.8
Sony 85mm f2.8
Pentax 35mm f2
Nikon 35mm f1.8
price paid:100 in 1992
positive:Size
Real macro
negative:Focal length
Slow AF
Corners
Build quality
Focus ring
0.25x macro
Old optics
Old Minolta colors
comment:I can't believe the ratings people are giving this lens. This is an old lens who's time have passed.

Better than the old 18-70mm kit lens? Not exactly. This was the Minolta 7000's 'kit lens'. Both are in the same league. This lens lack the wide end on crop sensor cameras. It might be sharper than kit lens when taking snapshots in auto. But stop both lenses down and the difference, if any, is minimal.

Build quality, hated the tiny focus ring on this and other classic lenses. Focus ring felt like turning a plastic bottle around a broom. No granular feedback. The poorly rated 18-70mm kit lens feel more solid when manual focusing. It's also plastic, not metal like the large beer cans in the series.

Unlike some modern zooms which also carry the macro designation, this does have a macro mode. But at 1:4 it's less appealing than a 1:1 life-size macro lens.

It is a good lens on film. The focal range works well on FF. But corner sharpness is never it's forte. And AF is not fast. It's good enough on film, but it was never excellent. Optics and digital coatings have come a long way since then. The newer crop lenses, especially those 35mm primes, are much better as a daily/walkabout normal. So save your money and get a better, faster lens.

I know some people here rave about 'Classic Minolta' colors. Wow. Have you heard of Photoshop?

Get over it, this is an old lens. One that does not deserve a 4.5 rating when there are clearly newer and better lenses available.
reviewer#8760 date: Mar-7-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80
Sigma 28 - 105 F2,8-4
price paid:60 Eur (used)
positive:- cheap
- Minolta colours
- macro function
- sharp
- lightweight
negative:- min focuss 0,8m
- zoom range on APS-C
comment:This is very interesting and challenging lens. It sure not on my camera ofen, but the tricky APS-C range makes you work more with the details and location. If you can manage that, then sharp Minolta colours would support that. Great value for the money.
reviewer#8747 date: Mar-6-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75mm 2.8
Zeiss 16-80mm 3.5-4.5

price paid:$20 USD
positive:small size
f4 constant
macro
decently sharp
negative:my copy is prone to flaring
focal length
comment:I don't find myself using this lens very often because I will usually grab a 50mm 1.7 over this if I want to shoot in this range, however if you have a use for it, this lens provides great bang for the buck.
When shooting outdoors, the old coatings in the lens become apparent as my copy will lose contrast and flare when shooting in the sun.
If you find this lens for cheap, I definitely recommend it. You might not use it often, but for the price you wont have a hard time justifying the purchase.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 185
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 3.80
  • overall: 4.39

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