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

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reviewer#6646 date: Dec-27-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 24-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 35-105
Tamron 17-50 f2.8
price paid:$40.00 USD
positive:Small, solid build,Great color reproduction. Very sharp even on edges, fixed aperture value
negative:Range on APS-C sensor, loud af. Minimum focus distance outside of macro mode is long
comment:Small and unobtrusive. Fixed aperture is a plus. Much better build than the other 35-70 though image quality on both lenses is similar, the f4.0 version is a solid build with metal lens mount. My copy has relatively loud af but it is a bit quieter than the 3.5-4.5 version. Image sharpness is impressive even on the edges if stopped down one stop.

Color reproduction is consistent with other Minolta lenses.
Image quality on my copy appears to be just slightly sharper than my Minolta 28-85 & 24-85 but on par with my 35-105 (I think I have an exceptional copy). Overall if you find one for a reasonable price there's no reason not have one.

I just picked up a second copy of this lens in better condition. It is really a sharp lens even in the corners.

My philosophy is any lens under $50.00 (US) is worth buying and playing with. You might just be surprised, I'll even spring for a bit more if the lens has better build
reviewer#6557 date: Dec-8-2009
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:Sony 18-70
Sony 55-200
Minolta 28-105
price paid:Ł102 UK with beercan
positive:Small but very well built.
Useful "macro" function.
Sharp.
Good colours.
Cheap.
negative:Maximum aperture.
Zoom range a bit limited on crop sensor.
Sample variation?
comment:I picked up one of these about 18 months ago and although it was in beautiful condition I wasn't overly enthusiastic about its IQ. Colours were nice but it was a little soft through the range. I sold it for a song
But I bought another recently as part of an old outfit including a beercan and this one is optically much better. Although it's not G glass, it's still pleasantly sharp wide open with very nice colours and contrast. Good bokeh isn't particularly easy to achieve due to the relatively small f4 maximum aperture but OOF areas are still nice and smooth.
Lacking the range of the Sony kit lens, but it also lacks a lot of the CA as well so much less correctional PP work is needed to turn out a good photo from it.
One slight concern is that I encountered sample variation between the first and second copies that I got, but they're going at such cheap prices on ebay it's worth chancing a few pounds to get a good copy.
reviewer#6548 date: Dec-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:MAF 50 F1.7
MAF 35-105 F3.5-4.5
MAF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
MAF 28 F2.8
MAF 70-210 F4
Sigma 18-70 2.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8
price paid:35 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp, sharp and sharp
Nice macro
great colour and contrast
no distortion
almost like a prime
fast AF
no distortion
negative:limited range
flare sometime
comment:A little old gem. After it had arrived, I had to clean it up, but now it is almost like new.

I use it a lot for portraits inside.
It is a bit limited in range, but one of my sharpest lenses ever.
reviewer#6542 date: Dec-7-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:18-70mm kit lens
16-80mm CZ
Minolta 35-105 Old
price paid:S$190
positive:compact, metal build
negative:range, not wide
comment:Cheap and a nice upgrade for kit lens. Definitely better than kit lens, but I found range is a problem for me.
reviewer#6513 date: Dec-4-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 F3.5-4.5, Minolta 28-105 F3.5-4.5, Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5, Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5, Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5 (both versions)
price paid:Kit lens on 7000
positive:One of the most useful lenses in a digital photographer's bag. On a crop sensor it makes a really good portrait lens. It is sharp from F4 on and has good bokeh and great Minolta colour.
negative:None as long as you add a third party (much larger and wider lens hood).
comment:A lens that is a pleasure to use - hard to take a bad shot with it. Small, beautifully made, sharp, fast focusing and ideal for portraits on a crop body. Useful for street photography (and has a functional macro).
reviewer#6487 date: Nov-29-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:$56
positive:Warm Minolta Colors
Sharp @ f4
Fast Focusing
negative:Unusual zoom range
Loud focusing
Small filter size
comment:While some lenses are being repaired I decided to pick this lens up as a backup and I did make the right decision. The colors are warm and the sharpness is spot on, it may even be slightly better than my prime 50. 35mm on full frame is great!

If your looking for a cheap budget lens with decent results this is one of them. Sony needs to remake this but with a bigger filter....similar to the Canon 17-40 f4L
reviewer#6268 date: Oct-25-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
- Minolta 50mm f/1.7
- Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (beercan)
price paid:package deal
positive:- small & light
- constant, usable f/4
- decent build
negative:- limited focal length, obviously
- chromatic aberration
- not flare-resistant
comment:I owned this lens for a short while and used it on my A200. It is very small and light, fits nicely in my pocket. IQ seems to be better than the Sony 18-70mm kit lens but the range is obviously its limiting factor.

f/4 is usable but chromatic aberration is evident at this aperture setting, stopping down helps though. Its color & build are similar to the good old Minolta 50mm f/1.7 which I got together in a package deal.
reviewer#6265 date: Oct-23-2009
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:- 50mm f1.7 (orig)
- KM 28-75 f/2.8
price paid:In lot
positive:- Costs next to nothing
- Tiny
- Light
- Sharp
negative:- Odd range on APS/C
comment:I got this lens in a lot, so I can't really give it an exact price. Call it 15 USD. Going rate is $50-$70 if you buy it standalone, but with some patience you can almost surely find it even cheaper attached to a Maxxum 7000.

It looks plenty sharp to me wide open, even pixel peeping. I don't see any reason to stop down for IQ on my A200, which is good since f/4 isn't all that fast. Colors match the other Minolta lenses of this era.

After using it a bit more I have noticed some minor CA wide open. Not much to worry about.

The compact size and cheap price really make this a winner, even though the zoom range is limited to portraiture on APS-C.
reviewer#6182 date: Oct-6-2009
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:cz 16-80
50/1.7
24/2.8
35-105/4-4.5
28-135/4-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Constant F4
Small & compact
Colors
Above than average contrast
Usable Macro feature
Sharp wide open.
FF
Incredible value for the money
negative:Minumun Focus distance.
Noisy
Strange range on aps-c
comment: Beautiful little piece of glass.Nice walkaroud lens.
Even its not designed for aps-c, 35-70 its very enjoyable to use .For its price it deserves atention.
I really like this lens .And shurely its hard to find an AF lens in this IQ league at its price in any mount.
reviewer#6166 date: Oct-3-2009
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:T 17-50 2.8
T 28-75 2.8
Min 35-80 4.5-5.6
Min 28-100 3.5-5.6
Min 35-105 beercan series
Min 70-210 beercan herself
price paid:37 €
positive:- beercan colors and sharpness
- small and light
- macro switch
- FF
- cheap
negative:- range
- old, comes probably with oily blades!
- old AF of course
comment:This is a nice little beercan. Unfortunately, like the big 70-210 one it arrived with smeary blades (E-Bay!). But the blades close completely fine til f8 and this is the aperture I shoot with mostly anyway (wide open til f8).

The sharpness is amazing, it's on par with my T17-50 and T28-75, around f4.5-5.6. Colors are really nice, and I guess this is the reason why the beercan generation is still adored.

The range is not really great, but if you don't shoot in dark rooms and don't need shallow DOF it's an interesting alternative to do portraits for instance.

Looking forward to using it on the FF I still need to buy!
reviewer#6158 date: Oct-2-2009
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:M50/1.7
T19-35/3.5-4.5
M24-50/4
M35-105/3.5_4.5
price paid:US $80
positive:Sharp
Fastfocus
Constant f/4
Small
Light
negative:49mm filter
MFD
comment:(Edited)
sharp at f/4 & razor sharp by f/5. Very fast focus.
MFD is very long but has great colour & contrast.
Great for protraits.
reviewer#6153 date: Oct-1-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:AF 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony 18-70 kitlens
price paid:25 USD (Used)
positive:Fairly sharp at all focal lengths
Good build quality
Useful macro toggle
Good color rendition
negative:Mediocre flare control
Poor equivalent coverage for APS-C
No AF in macro mode (hackable)
comment:What a classic all-rounder this lens is! It's small, light, built well, produces good images, and downright cheap. The coverage area is a little limited for APS-C shots, but it's still acceptable for most situations. Macro mode is useful if you don't have or don't want to switch to a macro lens. Performing the AF hack for macro mode is highly recommended.

Overall, this is probably the cheapest and most logical upgrade to your Sony kitlens. 10 MP+ Alphas are seriously limited by the wide kitlens, getting this lens will remove that limiting factor.

Note: you may also be interested in getting some of the other 1980s F4 lenses. They are all, in general, very good and inexpensive lenses.
reviewer#6110 date: Sep-23-2009
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:
missing
price paid:35 USD
positive:Nice small and compact. Good quality build. Pictures come out nice.
negative:None.
comment:This is a lense that usually stays on my camera unless I put on the beercan.
reviewer#6096 date: Sep-21-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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:- 50mm f/1.7
- CZ 16-80
price paid:40€
positive:- sharp in center even if wide open
- small
- lightweight
-
negative:- not sharp in the corners on fullframe even if stopped down
- near focus distance
-heavy distortion at 35mm
comment:for the price a great lense. I use it quite often as my walkaround zoom lense on my fullframe body and if you avoid the weaknesses of the lense you can make quite good pictures with it.
Even wide open the center is really sharp.
reviewer#6092 date: Sep-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 18-70 f3,5 - 5,6
price paid:50 USD (used)
positive:Short
Metal Body
Has a distance scale
Sharp
Minolta Colors
Quick in focusing
negative:Flare
Focus in macro mode
comment:If used wihtout lens hood flare almost all time.

When switched to macro mode only manual focus

Except that 2 things the lens is perfefeect for me. I mostly use it like portrait lens my A200 and i like it.
reviewer#6061 date: Sep-16-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta 28-80 f3.5-5.6D
Sigma 28-200 f3.5-5.6 DL Macro
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
price paid:20 GBP
positive:Colour
Sharpness
Build
Cost
Distance Scale
negative:Macro accessibility (not easy to focus lens manually)
Occasional poor bokeh
comment:If I had to keep only one lens it would be this one. Bought 6 months ago and it has hardly left my camera.

The closest zoom to the sharpness of a prime. But it is the colour that makes this a standout lens. I can instantly recognise which shots were taken with this lens - prints have a feel that no other lens I've used can give. Tones are "beautiful".

I guess it is only the focal length on APS crop that keeps the price of these down.

F4 is fairly slow but a small sacrifice. If I need a low-light lens I'd use my 50mm prime. It is still fairly easy to seperate subject from background - though occasionally polygonal bokeh are distracting.

I've never had any issue with flare but do generally use a simple collapsible rubber hood.

I can't imagine ever buying another lens that could give as much pleasure.

reviewer#5935 date: Aug-30-2009
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:Minolta AF 28-85
price paid:30 Euro
positive:- Short
- Metal Body
- Has a distance scale
- Sharp
- Minolta Colors
negative:- Limited range definitely on an APS-C sensor
- Bokeh it has none!
comment:A rather legendary lens and with reason. The short range limits it's use and on an APS-C camera the range isn't the most useful. Look beyond that and you have a sharp, well build lens giving you that special Minolta quality to your pictures.

The bokeh is a bit rough as the blades aren't rounded. But you get good colors, a full range F4 fitting nice between the expensive F2,8 and the not so expensive F5,6.

Good sturdy build and no troubles like creep or having that on certain points the barrel turns heavier. The filter will turn with the focusing so that limits use of polarization filters.

The flare is an issue though and the cap on it doesn't helps. Hold your hand above it :)
reviewer#5877 date: Aug-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:CZ 24-70
CZ 16-80
price paid:40 USD (used)
positive:Small
Sharp
Macro AF after the hack
Constant F stop
negative:35-70 range
comment:This lens is a gem! After hacking the Macro from MF to AF this lens is a great walk around lens. Light, super sharp at F8, no flare and CHEAP! It's also great on either on my A700 and Minolta 70 (Dynax 60).
reviewer#5874 date: Aug-19-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 35-105mm
Minolta 28-80mm
SAL 18-70mm
Minolta 28-85mm
price paid:120
positive:light
small
affordable
quick in focusing
negative:
missing
comment:I was not sure upon the lens at the beginning, then last Sunday, decided to test the lens. I am amazed with the focusing during daylight, fast and smooth, as well as the sharpness and colour saturation. I did not expect that this lens will produce such a nice picture.

Overall, I am happy with the lens.

reviewer#5873 date: Aug-19-2009
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:Zeiss CZ 16-35mm, Minolta 34-50f4, Minolta 50mm f1.4, Minolta 28-85 3.5-4.5, Minolta 50 mm f3.5 macro
price paid:110 AUS (second han
positive:Stunning image quality at all focal lengths, very compact, really nice build quality.
negative:Curvature distortion at the wide end
comment:Being a professional photographer I have had a fair array of lenses and camera, this lens is a standout, it is the most underrated lens I have come across. I bought it as a walk around and it ended up earning its keep!

I have tested all 9 of my Minolta lenses, with over 1600 test images covering every aspect of lens performance, this one creams all of them except the 50 mm f 3.5 macro and there is so little difference it is hardly worth mentioning.

The 35-70 is a very consistent performer from sample of sample, all three that have passed through my hands have been near identical in performance aspects.

it will probably upset a few but this lens actually outperforms the 50 mm f1.4, wipes the floor with the 28-85 f3.5-4.5 and actually bests the Zeiss 16-35 mm at the 35 mm setting (the Zeiss is extraordinary from 28 mm down). It should be noted that 35 mm is definitely its poorest focal length and it is substantially better at 40 mm

The only downers are barrel distortion at the 35 mm setting and less than perfect flare control, (but still pretty good). By limiting the focal length to 35-70 it is obvious that optimisation was much easier.

But wait there is more...the thing works a treat with +1 or 2 close up filters and its macro performance is excellent overall. It has zero CA and minimal light fall off.

Frankly I use it like a 50 mm fixed with a bit of framing flexibility either side.
The 70-210 beercan beats it at 70 mm due to having sharper edge definition, however this would be more than acceptable and probably preferable for portraits. (No surprise here though the 70-210 is at its sharpest between 70-105mm).

What more can I say, this lens should be bring much higher prices on Ebay, it is probably better than almost all other lenses on offer in this focal length short of the Zeiss 24-70. If you own an A900 Buy a good one before the word gets out and even for APSC users it is a good choice as a standard to portrait lens which could actually be used wide open.

reviewer#5760 date: Jul-26-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 75-300 F4.5-5.6 New
Sony DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:Free
positive:Compact
Sharp
Durable Build
Macro works great after doing the "hack" described below
negative:Range on APS-C
Minimum focus distance when not in macro mode
comment:I use this lens the most even though the range on my a300.
It also works great for macro shots, especially after doing the "hack" described at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/durango99/426237448/

You can look at some of my photos taken with this lens at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickepic/tags/minolta3570f4/

Also some product photos of the lens at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickepic/tags/minoltaaf3570f4/
reviewer#5752 date: Jul-24-2009
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:Kitlens
Tamron 55-200 f/4-5.6
Helios 44m-2
Helios 44m-6 MultiCoated
price paid:300 PLN almost mint
positive:Good sharpness for price.
Nice colors
Great bokeh
Macro mode
negative:Minimal focus distance
comment:I bought this nice lens on allegro and I am pretty surprised by the IQ offered by this lens. It can't even be compared to Kitlens. Some people say that the range is odd on aps-c - It isn't truth - Great for macro, 3/4 portraits and streets. If you have little money, you can buy sharp lens (even razor sharp at f/8).
reviewer#5665 date: Jul-7-2009
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:Sony 18-70 kit
Sony 18-250mm
price paid:30 USD (used)
positive:Sharp Images
Nice color rendition
Fast AF
Usable Macro mode
Size, Weight & Price
negative:Range
Flare
comment:This lens rapidly replaced Sony 18-250 as the main lens on my A200. the AF is quick and accurate and the colors are amazing.

My copy is sharp at f4 and razor sharp from f5.6
I hacked the macro function (http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12549) and now have AF in macro mode.

Considering the price it is a good complement to 70-210/f4.
reviewer#5493 date: Jun-2-2009
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:24-105mm
price paid:30 GBP
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Portrait range on APS-C
negative:
missing
comment:Really good value example of Minolta colour and sharpness. Good portrait range on APS-C size sensor.
reviewer#5454 date: May-26-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Sony Kit 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Sony Kit 75-300mm f4.5-5.6
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:$A 160 (used)
positive:Good upgrade on kit lens
Colour is great
Macro mode is handy
negative:AF can be hard in low light
Macro is MF
Some Flare in bright light
Small hood
comment:A nice upgrade on the kit lens (except at the wide angle), the macro mode is also quite nice. Outdoor portraits have been successful with this lens (although can flare, and lens hood isn't particularly useful).

Recommended as an upgrade to the 18-70mm for most use.
reviewer#5449 date: May-24-2009
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:KM kit lens 18-70
Minolta AF28-85

price paid:20-30 USD
positive:Excellent sharpness
Build quality
Color
Inexpensive
negative:Flare (to be expected with lens originally designed for film)
comment:I got this lens in a grab bag of items including a Beercan, a Minolta AF 28-85 and data back for a Minolta 7(?), purchase price $110. The 35-70 has proven to be one of my favorite lenses due to it's sharpness and color. An absolutely amazing little lens in spite of it's limited range. Flare is controllable when stopped down.
I highly recommend picking one up!!
reviewer#5422 date: May-21-2009
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 100mm Macro F2.8
Minolta 28-135mm F4.0-4.5 XX's Crossed
Minolta 135mm F2.8
Minolta 70-210mm F4.0
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm F4.0
Sigma 35-135mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-300mm APO F4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:75 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#5339 date: May-4-2009
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:18-70 kit lens
price paid:Ł40 with 7000 slr
positive:Excellent quality
Nice controlled colour
Sharp & fast enough for me
negative:Did not get one sooner!
comment:Used on my Sony a200 this is the 1st lens that as shown what the camera is capable of.
Range is good in my opinion and usefull around town as a snapping lens as you will get great high quality pictures with very little effort.
CA is not apparent on my lens at any zoom setting.
I did the macro auto focus hack and it works even better for close up work now.
Get one, put it on the camera, Use it & you'll love it!
reviewer#5335 date: May-3-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Minolta 35-105
price paid:$78 w 9000 & brcan
positive:compact, light and rugged
sharpness
negative:close focus, limited range
comment:Nice little lens, I acquired this one with a 9000 and a Beercan. I had another that I got with my Maxxum 7 (off ebay) but I passed it on to my niece when I gave her my 7000.

I will use this as a walkaround on a film camera (9000, 7000i or 7). I don't have to worry about damaging it.

reviewer#5310 date: Apr-29-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:
missing
price paid:40 CAD (like new)
positive:light and small
Sharp
Cheap
Strong build
Easy to find
Macro mode
negative:Zoom range is sad on A300
F4 is a challenge is low light
comment:The range is odd on non-full frame. But if you look for a decent walkaround. This is the one. At its range, it is much better than the sony 18-70 kit. It also allow you to switch to macro. I dont use macro much but it is a plus. If you can get it for less than 50-70 CAD$. Why not?

I recently found a chinese version of dyxum. Their sample pictures of this lens are amezing. Check out at http://forum.xitek.com/showthread.php?threadid=349607
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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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