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

reviews found: 186    << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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:
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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
reviewer#865 date: May-31-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 50mm 1.7
KM 28-75 2.8
KM 17-35 2.8-4
Minolta 70-210 4

Olympus OM 28 3.5
Olympus OM 35 2.8
Olympus OM 50 1.8
price paid:
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positive:Cheap
Constant aperture
negative:Not an attractive range on a DSLR
Just 2x Zoomratio
Get's beaten by the kitlens
Close focusing distance of 1 meter
Bad macromode
comment:It lacks sharpness, a usefull purpose or any attractive point... :( Got it in a package deal with a 7000 and a 70-210 f4.

For you DSLR get the kitlens, it's better...
Or a 50 1.7 if your into portraiture...
Or save a little for a 28-75 2.8...

Just don't buy this lense with money ;)
reviewer#188 date: Oct-29-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70mm kit-lens and 50mm/f1.7
price paid:
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positive:Inexpensive and surprisingly sharp from f5.6 to f11. Good colors!
negative:Soft on f4 and some purple fringing seen on f4.
comment:A really good lens for the price. Much sharper at 70mm than the kit-lens from f5.6 to f11. On f8 almost as sharp as the 50mm/f1.7. Good colors.
reviewer#148 date: Oct-8-2005
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:KM 28-75 f2.8 D
price paid:
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positive:A good but not great lens that now sits in no-mans land in terms of focal length range but actually covers portraiture quite well.
negative:Nothing specific, other than it is now showing its age.
comment:A cheap second-hand starter lens for those who can't afford anything else. In this category would not disappoint. Remember that 35 with the crop factor gives an effective 50mm.
reviewer#142 date: Oct-7-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta - AF 35-70 / 3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, good for it's price
negative:Old, slow
comment:
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reviewer#95 date: Jul-17-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
missing
positive:still works like a charm after 17 years in service (I think that qualifies it as durable)
good portrait range on 7d
small and lightweight
negative:old -> low resale/trade-in value
comment:This lens may not have all the optimizations for digital (coatings, (D)-chip, etc.) but it still does its job well after so many years of service.
reviews found: 186    << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 186
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.35
  • flare control: 3.80
  • overall: 4.39

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