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

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reviewer#3590 date: May-13-2008
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:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:14.00(used)
positive:Sharpness
Build
Bokeh
Macro
Light
Compact
negative:range
comment:Little beercan. Good portrait lens, sharp wide open, sharper stopped down. Pretty quick AF. Mathmatically covers the ideal range for portraiture of a sensor in the A100 (~55.6mm). I like it's ability to reproduce color much better than the washed out 18-70 Sony included with my camera. Great lens. It is a little prone to flare, it was a steall, though.
reviewer#3523 date: Apr-27-2008
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:kit lens
28-75D
70-210/4
price paid:US $40
positive:About as sharp as a zoom can get. Small, Minolta colors, cheap.
negative:flare, limited range.
comment:If your like the images of the 70-210 f4 then you should be a fan of this lens. It just continues from 70 down to 35mm. All the qualities of the beercan are inherent in this lens.

It's size makes me feel like I've got a prime on and with it's very limited range it makes you take nearly the same approach as shooting with a prime.

No it's not quite as sharp as a 35, 50, or 85 prime but for a inexpensive, small, light lens it's hard to beat it's price to quality ratio.
reviewer#3518 date: Apr-26-2008
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 50/1.7
price paid:$60USD
positive:Boken. Especally with the Macro.
negative:Nothing. I come back to this lens time and time again.
comment:I, on the other hand, like the parameters of this lens. The 50...105 is where I shoot a lot of the time. I really like the boken and sharpness on the macro. I can get within 12 inches, sometimes 10, and the colors I am getting are really good. Manual focusing is fun!
I am using this as my walkaround. I like small zoom lengths they are zoom primes. I still use the 50/1.7 for low light and studio portraits, but there is something about this lens that keeps it on my camera.
10/16/08
I'm way down the road with this lens now. The boken on this jewel makes me love photography all over again every time I look at the immages. Not too many lenses can make me say that. I take this lens around to former sites and shoot it all again! There is a lens for a time in every persons life. Good fortune to you!


reviewer#3501 date: Apr-23-2008
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:Minolta 28-85mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105mm f4
Sony DT 18-70mm
Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:32 USD (mint-)
positive:-Super Sharp when stopped down
-beautiful colors
-Bokeh
negative:-Like everyone said, range : /
comment:This lens, I rarely used. I have labeled it as a Macro only lens for some product shots. (But i also have my 50mm so it gets even less play time).
Its a great lens and have no qualms with it as far as IQ goes, but the range is impractical. Its a nice lightweight lens. I will definitely keep it as it is a prime example of a quality lens.

Sharpness really comes through at f6.3 through the entire range. Its not as sharp as the 35-105 but a little sharper than the 28-85. I'm beginning to think my copy of the 28-85 isn't a good one. :(

This lens is great and feel its under rated (but still impractical).
reviewer#3495 date: Apr-21-2008
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:18-70mm sony dt
200-400 Tamron 5.6
50mm 1.7 minolta
price paid:100 Aud
positive:Constant F4
Sharp!
Built like a BrickS@#t house
Cheap!
Much better images than my kit 18-70 dt
Has those great minolta colors!
negative:35-70 range not the best on my a100
comment:Recently this has been the Lens which i have kept on my Camera while flying and it has produced some great shots which are in the forum. the 35-70 range is a bit hard to use at times but for the price and the quality of both images and the actual product i cant complain!
reviewer#3308 date: Feb-25-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KIT 18-70\3.5-5.6
Tamron 17-50\2.8
Minolta 50\1.7
beercan
price paid:$54 incl. shipping
positive:size
constant f4
minolta style colours
contrast
negative:inconvenient 35-70mm :(
slow (f4)
comment:good sharp lens but incovenient range on crop
reviewer#3251 date: Feb-11-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
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:50/1.7
18-70 kit
Beercan
price paid:Part of a package
positive:Build
Sharpness
Bokeh
Macro switch (it's fun!)
negative:Range on APS-C
CA on bright things
comment:I really like this one at the moment so I better rate it before I have sold it and been spoiled by better things in a different price range. Basically it's super sharp, even at f4. You really can count the hairs on things. Sharpness is easily on par with its bigger brother the beercan and often seems close or the same as 50/1.7.

Colors are nice, the classical Minolta colors I guess. But sometimes they do seem to get a certain tint that's not quite there and on bright things CA can be obvious. Still, it looks good overall. But for the price an excellent walkaround for someone who wants to ease into the classical Minolta glass.

And yeah, I like the 'macro' switch - pretty handy for product shots.
reviewer#3109 date: Dec-24-2007
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:SONY 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
TAMRON 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II
TAMRON 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-II
price paid:$75
positive:Acts like 52-105mm on an APS-C sensor
negative:Scale isn't quite accurate ... compared to fixed length PRIMES
comment:This lens was my "grab and go" for film and digital until I got the 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 and the 17-50mm f/2.8 (digital-only). It currently sits with the film camera systems ... and was a terrific small lens for the better part of seven years.

While not as modern, it can hold its own with a good, sharp image. If you can't pop for the current round of lenses, this is a great filler until you can. The MACRO feature is a definite plus, when its all you have with you.

When it indicates 50mm on its marked range scale, it actually is around 45mm, so while not as extreme as the 18-250mm can be, focal length accuracy is not its strong point.
reviewer#3087 date: Dec-18-2007
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:Minolta 17-35mm (D)
Minolta 28-70 (D)
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Tamron 24-135mm
Minolta 28-105mm
Minolta 28-135mm
Minolta 100-200mm
Minolta 75-300mm
price paid:Ł17.00 (Used)
positive:Light
Sharp
Nice Bokeh
Compact
negative:Awkward Hood
Filter Rotates
Macro in Manual
Not a great focal range
comment:Dinky lightweight lens that is a joy to use, has typical Minolta colour/bokeh and is nice and sharp. The 49mm filter size means filters and fittings are less expensive to buy.

Well worth the Ł17.00 I paid for it..
reviewer#2932 date: Nov-16-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:24-85 F3.5-4.5
28-135 F4-4.5
24 F2.8
Sigma 70-300 Apo Macro
price paid:45 euro
positive:cheap
sharp
compact
negative:zoom range
comment:Can make good pictures. Great (light) travel lens. Sold it because range was to short for me.
reviewer#2892 date: Oct-31-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:CZ16-80, 24/2.8, 28-85/3.5-4.5, 35-80/4-5.6, 35-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:?? (kit lens 7000)
positive:Very sharp; Compact
negative:Small zoom range
comment:This was the kit lens I got with my Minolta 7000 in the mid eighties. What a performance for a kit lens! I now list as drawback its limited zoom range, only 2x, but that is probably why it was so sharp and had such great colours. I don’t have it anymore. Camera and lens got stolen from my home. I still mremember the lens when I look at the large posters in my house, shot in 1989 in Thailand, and razor sharp.
reviewer#2872 date: Oct-26-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:135 f2.8
24-85 f3.5-4.5 RS
50 f1.7 RS
28-75 f2.8
24 f2.8
price paid:0 (given)
positive:Sharpness
Build
Macro switch
Compact
Bokeh
negative:Flare
Zoom range
Slow AF
comment:This lens was given to me when I bought my first minolta camera 3 years ago (I know I am young!)
I soon have bought 24-85 zoom, as well as 50 and 135 primes...
I was surprised with the quality of this lens, being sharper than the 24-85.
The bokeh is nice also.
Very good old Minolta build.
Very useful macro switch.
Sold 50€ last week...
reviewer#2850 date: Oct-16-2007
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:kit 18-70
28-85/3.5-4.5
24-85/3.5-4.5
70-210/4
tamron 28-200 XR
price paid:50$ (used)
positive:Sharp wide open
minolta colors
bokeh
built like beercan, but doesn't look like a tank :)
negative:Range
comment:Little brother of beercan.
Used it a lot on film, but range is too limiting on APS. Keeping it for full frame Sony :)

Good sharpness, can be used wide open without noticable degradation in IQ. Good contrast, classic colors.

Similar to 28-85/3.5-4.5 but sharper at wide apertures.
Small and light - same size as 28/2.8
Good 1/4 macro at 70mm.

Sharpest zoom in my collection.
reviewer#2754 date: Sep-17-2007
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:35-70/3,5-4,5
price paid:40 Euro (used)
positive:Very nice colors. OK build. Sharp
negative:Manual "Macro" mode
comment:I like the colors on this one. The focal range is not very useful on APS-C.
reviewer#2698 date: Sep-3-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:28-80 xi zoom f4-5.6
70-210 f4 beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Oh so well built.
Very Light.
Nice Macro mode.
F4 throughout the range is a plus.
Brilliant optics.
negative:Manual focus ring is too small.
comment:
missing
reviewer#2683 date: Sep-1-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:minolta 28-80
minolta 24-105
minolta 50mm f/1.7
rokkor 50mm f/1.7
price paid:30 GBP
positive:Very compact
Light
Small 49mm filters
Great bokeh
Old minolta colours :)
Very Sharp
1:4 maco reproduction
negative:Awful minimum focusing distance in AF or at 35mm
Rotating front element
Slow AF
Small manual focus ring
Range not great
Contrast not as high as you'd want
Flare can be hard to avoid
comment:I bought this lens to replace the kit lens that came with my dynax5. It was a worthy replacement, despite taking time to convince me of its quality. It is far better than the kit lens in my opinion. Its bokeh is like a prime - *excellent*. It is very compact, and matches up excellently with the dynax5. Some call it a slow 50mm lens, because its that sharp. I can only comment on that to a certain extent though... I've had a photos printed at 12"x8" from this lens shot at f/8 that are *razor sharp*. Recorded on a good slide film. I've never had the need to go over that enlargement, but i believe it could go beyond that and still keep quite sharp. But at 12"x8" and f/8 - you cant get better in terms of sharpness and bokeh is *very* good here also. But in terms of detail, an image needs to have good contrast, as well as sharpness. This is where the lens is let down. Apparently there is a plastic element that doesnt take the minolta coating as well as the glass elements in the lens, which causes a lower contrast, and also is responsible for the flare issue (which isnt massive, but can often be present). Of course, this isnt a problem if you develope and have scanned at hi. res., where you can alter the contrast on PS. But i dont, so my lens is now not in use and will soon be sold. Its good if you want a compact zoom to carry around but want little comprimise in IQ. But for me, there were lenses out there that could meet or exceed its IQ and have a *far* greater range - ie; the 24-105mm. But this lens is still in its own league. The results are quite remarkable really, considering its a simple 5 element zoom. The only 35-70mm 5 element zoom ever made. You can make you own conclusions from my review, but i would still recomment this lens to anyone, film or digial user :).
reviewer#2584 date: Jul-26-2007
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:24-105 3.5/4.5 D
28-80 3.5/5.6 D
70-210 4 beercan
75-300 4.5-5.6 D
price paid:Ł19
positive:Good old fashioned build
Minolta colour quality
All round good lens
Constant f4
negative:Limited range
Bit slow
comment:This is a good quality lens with all the usual Minolta attributes.
The macro function ( manual operation ) is an interesting add on but at 1:4 somewhat limited.
The real question with this lens is "what is it for" ? It has limited range as a zoom - not wide @ 35 and not really portrait @ 70 ( ignoring the digi cr@p factor ).
By using a 50mm 1.4/1.7 and zooming with your feet you get a lot of improvements.
At the price they are you do get "value for money" if it is what you want.
reviewer#2499 date: Jul-1-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 AF 24/2.8
Minolta AF 28/2.0
Minolta AF 70-210/4
price paid:3500 RUR used
positive:- Picture at whole
- Bokeh
- Sharp
- Macro
- Contrast
negative:- HiSharp, bokeh and macro from F11
- 1m minimum AF distance
comment:This lens is good for portrait and landscape both, but needs a stop down, so I have some problems with motion and AF misses. The prime for walkaround with 52-105mm on Digital.
reviewer#2324 date: May-17-2007
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:- Sony DT 18-70mm F/3,5-5,6
price paid:29 EUR (used)
positive:- AF-speed
- Sharpness
- F/4 throughout zoomrange
- Macro-option
negative:- Very small focusring, virtually unusable when the lenshood is fixed backwards on the lens.
- Don't like the lens-cap
comment:I bought the lens via Internet. This is my first Minolta-lens.
The lens is still in very good shape: fast AF, good and smooth zoom(r)ing, no scratches etc.
Compared to my Sony Alpha 100's kit-lens, the picture-quality is very good, sharper and somewhat nicer color-saturation than the kit-lens.
I don't like the lens-cap, Sony's lenscaps are a bit more userfriendly.
The only real downside is that the lens has no wide-picture-capability on an APS-C-camera (otherwise this lens would be my standard-lens). But hey, at 29 euro no-one should be complaining.
reviewer#2281 date: May-8-2007
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:Ł14
positive:cheap small great sharpness, macro mode
negative:odd range on digital
comment:an absolute star of a lens, use it with some MF extension tubes for a superb macro set up or on my 700si as perfect walkabout. Makes a nice short telephoto on 5d 50-105 approx
reviewer#2229 date: Apr-29-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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:M 18-70, M 28-85, M 35-105, M 50- f/1.7, Sigma 28-200
price paid:
missing
positive:Excellent resolution at f/8 across the field of view. Great size. Nice macro.
negative:Its limited range - but, probably adequate for 70% of my photos.
comment:I have tested this lens, and those listed above, using the Koren, 2003, (5mm) test charts to determine the resolution based on MTF-50.
The following information is based on results from two of the sine-wave, test, strips; one horizontal near the center of the frame, and the other, diagonal, very close to the corner of the frame. The tests were made with a KM5D, hand held, image stabilization “on”, ISO 100, in bright sunlight so that the shutter speed was quick enough to satisfy the reciprocal of the focal length criterion. Results: (focal length/f-stop/lines per inch on an 8” x 12” print at center/ditto-at corner). (70/8/139/92), (70/4.0/103/59), (35/8/170/59), (35/4.0/165/78) My understanding of photo resolution quality is: >150 lpi=excellent, >110 lpi=very good, >80 lpi=good. I believe the corner results represent a pretty severe test since the test strip extended radially, and the region of interest was very near the corner. More details on this and other lenses can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/royanddee/lens_test_results_mtf50.htm
reviewer#2219 date: Apr-27-2007
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:
missing
price paid:Ł15 (used)
positive:Sharp
Constant f stop
Compact
Value for money
negative:
missing
comment:A solid well constructed lens. It's good to use immediately after newer KM/Sony optics - to appreciate its' handling and above all the results - sharpness and good colour rendition. No software needed to tweak the colour. It is quick focussing too. The Macro mode (CU rather than Macro) is very useable for frame filling flower shots. Fantastic for the price. Have it with you always, in your gadget bag or the glove box.
reviewer#1984 date: Mar-18-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Minolta 24-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta 50 F1.7
price paid:40 USD (old)
positive:Sharp
Very compact size
Macro mode
Very Cheap
negative:Odd Zoom Range for DSLR
1:4 Macro magnification
comment:Actually i am quite satisfied with the lens because of its price, sharpness, macro mode, compact size. I have hacked the lens, so that AF is still available in Macro mode.
reviewer#1897 date: Feb-25-2007
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:Does not need comparison, as I am completely happy with it :)
price paid:40 Euro (Used)
positive:- fantastic quality considering price
- very good build quality
- size
- constant aperture
negative:- the hood, or more precisely: the problems with removing the cap when hood is on.
- useless "macro" :)
comment:This lens is a legend; cheap as hell, yet very sharp and contrasty even while wide opened. Gets very sharp around f8. I love it; I know that the range on digital (my 5D) is weird, but I use it a lot for everything - from reportage to portraits. It's a must-have in any KM owner bag. :)

Second-hand market is full of it; get one and use it. You won't be disappointed.
reviewer#1708 date: Jan-27-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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:
missing
price paid:Ł15 (used)
positive:Sharp
Legendary build quality
Useful Macro
negative:That 'clippy' lens hood
comment:I wasn't expecting too much for Ł15 / $29 but was very pleasantly surprised. This is a 'little lump' of a lens. Heavy due to all-metal construction and buid quality, at least on mine, is of 'legendary' Minolta standard.

Could make a good 'fair light' portraiture lens.

Useful Macro down to 300mm (12 ins.).

A good 'F4 all the way' complement to my beercan and bigcan.
reviewer#1601 date: Jan-1-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50/1.7
70-210/4
18-70
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap
Good Colors
Good build
Macro mode
negative:Bad range
Prone to flare
comment:This lense is pretty similar to to the 18-70 in performance, but if I was to choose one, I'd choose the 18-70, it performs a little bit better, and has a MUCH better range.

It's sharp enough, the macro mode is nice, although only MF, but that's not really a problem.
reviewer#1562 date: Dec-22-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85mm
Minolta 28-135mm
Minolta 50mm, f1.7
Minolta 28mm, f2.8
price paid:Part of a bundle
positive:Sharp with good colour rendition
Very compact
Nice revsible hood
negative:Flare (esp dark objects on light backgrounds).
comment:I have always been extremely happy with this lens. There's something satisfying about getting nice results with such a discrete lens. The zoom range is perfect on a film body for general photography and I've never felt it too restrictive. Perhaps not the best range for digital, but that's a matter of personal choice, I guess.

I own a couple of the more respected zooms covering this range, including then 28-135mm, but this is the one I always return to. On a recent trip to Ireland I took this and the 28mm f2.8 and couldn't tell which photo's were taken with which lens (up to focal length differences). Sharpness is very good and typical old Minolta colours.

If you can make the focal length work for you then I'd reccomend this lens without question. An overlooked lens!
reviewer#1477 date: Nov-25-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 28-75mm 2.8
KM 18-70mm kit lens
price paid:40 USD (used)
positive:compact
sharp
build
price
fast AF
macro option
wide open performance
negative:range
nothing else
comment:This is one amazing performer for its price. It's not as fast as the 28-75mm but every bit as sharp stopped down to f5.6 or so and good to very good wide open. That's saying a lot since I consider the 28-75 very sharp. The only downfall to this lens is the range. 35mm on the wide end is too much for digital but usable on my 600si. It's very lightweight and will be included in my lightweight combo together with my Minolta 100-200mm for digital as well as for all film. Very happy with it as mine was used but in mint condition. It blows the kit lens out of the water but the 28-75mm still remains as my walkabout lens on my 7D.
reviewer#1251 date: Sep-29-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:kit 18-70
70-210/4
24-85/3.5-4.5
24-50/4
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp
size
well built
constant aperture
negative:fully extended at wide angle
(that is a minor quibble)
wide end is too long on digtal
macro function is usable, but wierd. not a true macro
comment:If this lens went down to 24 it would never come off my camera. It absolutely blew me away after I had been using my kit lens for the first month or so. I now have the 24-50/4, which I use most of the time (due to its nice quality and wider fov), but it still is a compromise in image quality compared to the 35-70/4. I consider this lens to be a perfect compliment to the 70-210/4 (and it gives up nothing in quality), but its wide end end is just too long on digital.

As far as IQ goes, this one is very impressive, especially for what you can get one of these for.
reviewer#1175 date: Sep-6-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:minolta "Beercan" 70-210 f4
Tamron 28-200 f3.8-5.6 XR Di
minolta 28-100 f3.5 6.5 (D)
price paid:
missing
positive:Good sharpness (seams like some or sharper then others) , nice range for indoor sport shooting on a digital. I find the macro very good.
constant f value, so you can work with the zoom in low light situations without worrying about shutter and aperture.
damn cheap.
LOT better then kit lens and even my tamron zoom
negative:Not the fasted (f4).
AF hunts easely indoor.
focus ring to small to be usefull for MF
seams to have some flare and purper fringing issues when not stepped down.
comment:Got this in a deal with a 9000 body and a beercan for 100 euro, was only interested in the beercan in fact, so anything else was just a bonus.
But i putted this little one on anyway, just to see.

Wow. Amased!

Oke, it's not a 2.8 or so, but this is really a rather decent lens, and certainly because they are not sought after and cheap!

But until i get a faster one, this is now my standard lens :)

edit: seen it was stolen, it's not my standard anymore
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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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