Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11140 date: May-25-2013
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:18-70 kit lens, 70-210 beercan
price paid:GBP 49 (used)
positive:Pretty much everything you can think of
negative:MFD unless in so-called macro mode
comment:This and the 16-50 that came with my A77 are my two "go-to" lenses right now. Colour and sharpness are both excellent, the "macro" feature isn't true macro but still very handy. MF with Focus Peaking on the A77 works like a dream.

reviewer#11023 date: Apr-8-2013
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:Zeis 16-80
Tamron 35-105 f2.8
price paid:150 cad
positive:Sharp
Price
Weight
Macro mode
negative:Mfd -1500mm
comment:Let me start by saying I recently sold my beloved zeiss 16-80. That lens was my sharpest zoom by a mile. It was razor. I sold it to buy a 16-50 for the ssm and f2.8. My new 16-50 is excellent but is not as sharp as my zeiss was. I also love the range of my 35-105 tamron. For me this is the perfect portrait range. Knowing these two needs I stumbled upon a listing for the minolta 35-105 macro. I read all of the reviews here before buying. Let me just say at this price this lens has just filled a new spot in my lens line up. This lens is every bit as sharp as my $800 zeiss. I mean it. As good. If you already own a good wide angle zoom or prime and want a little more reach. This is the lens to get. Macro switch allows close focus (and can be hacked to allow auto focus in macro). Colour is pure minolta, and sharp sharp sharp. Some light purple fringing with high contrast backgrounds and is prone to some flare,but not as bad as the tamron. Enough said...get out there and get it.
reviewer#10857 date: Jan-17-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:28-135/4-4,5
24-85/3,5-4,5
35-70/4
price paid:40 Euro (Used)
positive:Sharpness
Minolta Colors!
Contrast
Size
Build
negative:Flare can be an issue
Loss of contrast if directed into light
Original lens shade rather useless
comment:I found this on eBay, throw in a bid an got it! At 40 Euros incl freight I couldn´t go wrong I thought and as I wanted something smaller and lighter than my 28-135 (favorite-) lens I thought this would be worth trying. After having used now for a while Im more than pleased with it. Sharpness and colors very similar to 28-135 and seems sharp even wide open. Issues about the same also, MFD is long and sensitive to flare just as its bigger brother. Doesnt like to be directed straight into light either as it will lose in contrast. Other than this though, its hard to beat and for the price its a bargain!
Range good for a FF camera, not as useful on a APS-C though, at least not for my liking ( have not tested it there though). Compared to the 24-85/3.5-4.5 which also is a sharp lens, I prefer the 35-105 due to its creamier bokeh. WIsh Sony could produce a modern version of this lens!
reviewer#10801 date: Dec-24-2012
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:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:112 Australian
positive:Sharp
OK Bokeh
Nice colours - particularly skin tones
negative:Lowish contrast
Poor AF (useless for moving objects)
comment:Nice lens
Pretty sharp
Not as sharp as the STF
Sharper than beercan, 19-55 and minolta 50/1.7
Less contrast than newer lenses, but almost as sharp as I can test. The "unsharpness" in my photos with this lenses appears to be mainly slow focus and camera noise.
reviewer#10797 date: Dec-22-2012
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:Sony 16-50 SSM
price paid:140 Euro (mint)
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Weight (heavy)
Built
Macro function, which actually is a close up
negative:No 'G' on the lens. ;)
comment:What a fantastic gem this lens is. Despite I do not need autofocus, it is dead on. Not as crazy speedy as the 16-50 SSM, but as fast as a 40 year old retired tennis player, like Agassi. Micro adjustment on my A77: zero, nul, nada.

The design is beautiful, and this 'hidden G' is perfectly in balance with the A77; also with a vertical grip aboard.

Did I mention his sharpness? At least on par with my 16-50 SSM.

A Golden Award.
reviewer#10793 date: Dec-20-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:- Minolta 28-85 3.5-4.5 Macro
- Tamron 28-200 XR IF
- ProMaster 28-105 F4-5.6
- Sony DT 18-55 SAM
- Sony 50mm 1.8 SAM
price paid:120USD
positive:- Sharp, very SHARP!
- Solid built
- Great Colour
- Very good Macro
negative:- Weight
- 35mm is a bit narrow on APS-C but it's alright :)
comment:I'd read and get to known from a few forums that this lens is nicknamed as "Hidden G". Out of curiosity, I went and get my self one of this, took a few shots and I'm speechless. Now I know why it is nicknamed as The "Hidden G". The sharpness and colour produce by this lens is truly amazing! In fact, sharpness can be as good as my Sony 50mm 1.8 or shall I say this one is better! Needn't me to say much, if you haven't own 1 your self, then please reward your self one at least as collector item :) It's worth to have/keep this lens.
reviewer#10735 date: Nov-28-2012
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 28-105
Tokina 20-35 2.8
price paid:99.00
positive:Sharpest I've used
Built solid
Excellent color
negative:short range for APS-C
comment:Picked this up and really impressed by the color and sharpness. 3d look is true. Its' sets it apart from all other lenses I've used. Really wish it was 24 mm on the wide end but for all the range it has it does well. The 28-105 I purchased is not far behind this except no 3D look. I use a 20-35 Tokina for the wide end when I need it. Makes a good duo with this lens. Mine has small scratches on barrel but for a lens this old its a minor blemish. Auto focus is fine and its' operation is rather remarkable.
reviewer#10719 date: Nov-22-2012
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:Minolta 50mm f/1.7
price paid:150 usd (like new)
positive:Amazing sharpness
IQ
Minolta colors
Precision build
"Like tank" construction
negative:Maybe AF speed
Too big MFD
comment:This lens is trully amazing, the colors and sharpness of this lens are out of this world. It has big MFD, but it's macro capabilities compensate for that fault. Once in macro mode you can only focus manually. Everything in this lens is metal, amazing construction quality. If you see one, grab it!
reviewer#10712 date: Nov-18-2012
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 used to own this lens
compared to:10-20 Sigma
17-50 Tamron
50 Minolta
70-210 Minolta
price paid:50 euro
positive:Sharp
Colours
Macro mode!
negative:range (but I knew this when I bought it)
comment:Was looking for a fine portrait zoom. Guess I found it!
I took it out this weekend and I am very pleased with the sharpness and colours of my copy. If I comepare it to the Minolta 50mm 1.7 I see no difference (maybe when pixelpeeping).
Love the macro mode (manual only!)!
reviewer#10597 date: Oct-15-2012
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 50 1.7 AF
minolta 28-105 RS
minolta 28-85 AF old
minolta 28-135
tamron 28-75 2.8
tamron 35-135 AF
price paid:50 €
positive:sharp wide open
great build quality
macro is fun & useful
fast & reliable AF
not too big or heavy
Bokeh
55mm filter size
negative:MFD
useless hood on FF makes it flare
some purple fringing wide open

comment:My favourite zoom lens for taking pictures of my kids outdoors. I decided to get this lens by reading all of the reviews here. Having spotted it on an ebay i couldn't resist it anymore.

You have to keep a distance, so it's not ideal in all situations ( MFD of 1,5 meter ).
Excellent sharpness, great colors, good subject isolation (pop). The non-wide angle range generally doesn't bother me with my shooting style, as it is perfect for portraits.
Sharpness is maybe a little lower than the 50mm 1.7 prime, but it shines in comparison with the 28-85 and especially against the 28-105 RS. colour difference with the 28-105 is also quite substantial & also the bokeh ( portrait distances ) is way better compared to that lens.
If it brakes, i'm replacing it with another copy of this lens, I can't see any competition for it in the price range it can be found at. Even in a slightly higher price category, my copy of the tamron 28-75 doesn't come close to its sharpness or AF reliability & the Minolta 28-135, although really in a good state, doesn't show the same level of sharpness in my hands ( but that lens may be too large & heavy for my A55 ).

pair it with a beercan hood & your all set on APS-C.
However, for FF the original hood doesn't bring a lot of shade, & an aftermarkt tulip shaped hood is pointless, as the front lens rotates.


Update 14-01-2013: I now have a 2nd copy, just as brilliant as the first. thumbs up minolta !!
Update 20-08-2014: I had the MFD modified to something around 85 cm, this lens keeps getting better.
reviewer#10454 date: Aug-16-2012
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:28-135 4/4.5, 70-210 f/4, 50 f/1.7
price paid:90 usd
positive:Very sharp wide open. AF is very fast. Superb build quality, feels solid in hand. The build quality is better than handshake and beer can in my opinion.
negative:Only thing I can complain is the MFD.
comment:This lens is very sharp. The focal length is not very popular especially for aps cameras but it is perfect for portrait. I paid 90usd for this lens and the copy I got is far exceed my expectation. Get one when you still can.
reviewer#10234 date: May-24-2012
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:24mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
price paid:145 euro
positive:become an super 'short zoom' when stopped down bit .
Razor sharp, even in the corners, starting f:5.6
good strong build quality
beautiful model
Great color rendering
Image quality is crystal-clear
Decent Macro
Very useful as an outdoor portrait lens
Very versatile
No distortions at the wide end
fast AF
good value
great felling in hand
Wonderful Minolta colours
negative:Auto focus does not work in macro ( unless you can find an hacked copy with works efficient )
Minimum distance too far,but I go into macro to shorten the distance .
comment:I have tested this lens,many other lenses getting blown away by this lens.
This may be one of the best lenses available in that range.
Not always cheap, however, considering the excellent performance of this lens, the price is a steal.
Comparable with the "legendary" 28-135 and beercan 70-210 , but less heavy .
Bokeh is nice, also in macro mode.

Highly recommended :
As they are getting rarer, the price seems to going up especially for one in really good condition, If you can get one, do it, and do it fast you will not regret it!

reviewer#10124 date: Apr-16-2012
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:sony 16-105
price paid:129 usd (used)
positive:sharp
become super when stopped down
good build quality
beautiful model
negative:little heavy
not very wide compare to other lens i have (sony 16-105)
comment:I'm very satisfied with this lens and the IQ that this lens produce.

work perfectly with my A65. the only downside of this lens is that it would be much better if it could go wider.

I modified my lens so that it can focus on macro and it work like sharm !

the hood that came with the lens seams useless so i use the beercan hood which fit perfectly, it gives better protection from flare and ghost.

highly recommended
reviewer#9907 date: Feb-9-2012
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:50mm 2.8 Macro
35-70mm beercan
70-210 beercan
50mm 1.7
price paid:76.00
positive:Strong build
Great color
Sharp
Decent Macro
negative:Flare
MFD
comment:This is a good lens. The copy I have right now isn't 100% perfect and is still pretty good. I have a second one on the way so if it is any better I will update this. It has some flare issues that can be pretty annoying and MFD is also annoying. Compared to the 50mm 2.8 its no match. The 50 is still my favorite and the sharpness kills at least this first copy. The metal hood from the beercan will work on this but unfortunately to little avail. Overall a good lens strong and sharp especially for the price but you better grab one because they are getting more popular and scarce.
******UPDATE*************************
Ok so did some other more accurate tests in comparison to the 50mm Macro and I have a new favorite. My copy of the lens is absolutely breathtaking stopped down to f5.6 on my a65. At the same focal distance of 50mm this lens was far sharper than the macro. Then when processed with ps raw its even better. If you can get one do it and do it fast you will not regret it! I only wish I had the handshake lens to compare it to. I wold guess its close though.
reviewer#9588 date: Nov-15-2011
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:Minolta 28mm 2.8
Minolta 50mm 1.4
Minolta 135mm 2.8
Beercan
Minolta 18-55 kit lens
price paid:70 USD used
positive:Solid build as with all original maxxum lenses. Sharp compared to 18-55mm kit lens but far less useful focal length range. Very useful as an outdoor portrait lens
negative:Not particularly fast for the range. Not too useful for much besides outdoor portraits. Not wide enough for landscapes; obviously not long enough for sports or wildlife; not fast enough for low-light portraiture.
comment:I will keep this lens in my bag until I can find the handshake. Even then, I might hold onto this for the occasional outdoor portrait where I want the colors and 3D effect in-camera...assuming the handshake doesn't match up.
reviewer#9541 date: Oct-29-2011
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:Sony DT 16-105mm
Sony 18-70mm
Sony 50mm F1.4
Minolta 100mm Macro
price paid:$130 AU
positive:Solid metal construction.
Clarity (sharpness).
negative:Minimum Focus Distance.
Macro function has to be manually enabled.
Slow focus speed (compared to HSM/SSM, etc)
comment:Can't really add to what's already been said.
As mentioned by previous posts, colour and sharpness are outstanding. Distortion, if any, not noticeable under all but the shooting of linear forms. Flare can be an issue under some circumstances but again, reasonably uncommon unless deliberately shooting near a light source.

All round a great lens that delivers colourful and sharp images. Good for walkaround, landscape and portrait work. If you're thinking of getting one, I would recommend getting one whilst they're still cheap. As they are getting rarer, the price seems to going up especially for one in really good condition, in which case expect to pay around $200+ US for one.
reviewer#9536 date: Oct-28-2011
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:16-80Z
price paid:175 USD (Used)
positive:-Sharp
-Color
negative:-MFD
comment:Besides G lens, this is another sharpest lens I have.
My 16-80Z totally cannot beat it.
If u have a copy on hand, just keep it.
If u have budget for next lens, just go for it.
Focusing is a bit noisy, this could be due to full of metal build related.
The only negative point I observed is the MFD. Need to keep a distance on the portrait.
reviewer#9457 date: Sep-30-2011
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: M35-70/4, M24-105/3.5-5.6, M28-85/3.5-5.6
price paid:120 USD (used)
positive:Very^ extrodinary sharp lens! Very good colors.
negative:Bad flare control.
comment:Must have!
reviewer#9429 date: Sep-16-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 35-105mm N
price paid:USD 220
positive:Sharp,
negative:weight
comment:On APS-C A450 there is a significant difference in sharpness, specially wide open, where the pickture floats out on the N version. Stepped down to f8 in direct comparison this vintage lens is sharper, has better contrast and gives a more even exposure.

On A900 FF the difference is not so great. Still this lens is sharper wide open, but things gets more even stepped down. Needs PP for distorsion.

This lens makes a nice walkaround-lens as a short telezoom on 580. And the hood from my 70-210 Beercan fits perfectly.
reviewer#9353 date: Aug-24-2011
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:
missing
price paid:130€ used
positive:- very, very sharp on aps-c and film, even wide open
- very nice built quality
- very smooth zoom ring
- superb colors and IQ
negative:- small MF-ring
comment:
missing
reviewer#9329 date: Aug-12-2011
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 35-105 N
Minolta 28-85
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 28-105 (All three)
price paid:60 GBP
positive:Razor sharp
Superb colour
Bokeh
Size
Price (Value for money)
negative:Needs hood (a big one0
Noisy AF
comment:Superb IQ, better than all the above lenses (and they are all very good)

Get one whilst they are still cheap.
reviewer#9126 date: Jun-12-2011
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:sony lenses
price paid:135
positive:sharpness
color
bokeh
build
negative:Minimum focus distance
comment:great lens built like a tank you can get it at a very affordable price it takes very sharp pictures with beautiful colors beter than any other lens i've used. exellent quality lens perfect for outdoors.
reviewer#9046 date: May-23-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:beercan 70-210mm
Baby beercan 35-70mm
price paid:70 Euro
positive:- incredible sharpness
- nice color
- well built
- Macro mode
- Accurate AF
negative:- AF is hunting in low light conditions
- MFD
- No AF in macro mode (hackable)
comment:Used on my SONY Alpha55, it is one of my favorite lenses with my Tamron 17-50@f2.8.
Due to the MFD, it could be difficult to use it inside.

You can also forget to record video with that lense, the AF is too noisy.
reviewer#9017 date: May-13-2011
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:Beercan
Miniolta 50mm f1.7
Sony kit 18-70
Sigma 50mm Macro
price paid:with several lenses
positive:-Great sharpness from wide open
_nice colors
-Really good build quality
-Macro function
negative:-MFD = cant use it inside
comment:This is an amazing lens, sharpness is unbelievable even at wide open! When I am out I usually have this lens on but when inside MFD makes it unusable for me. Nonetheless I love it!
reviewer#9011 date: May-12-2011
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:Maxxum 28-85
Maxxum 35-105N
Maxxum 24-105D
Maxxum 100-200
Maxxum 70-210 F4
price paid:85 USD
positive:I have 35-105N bought new and have always considered it a favorite. Picked up this near mint 35-105 orig from LCS and she is fantastic. Images very similar to the N but sharper at tele end. The lens feels more solid due to the build I guess, it is an all metal beast. It snaps and whirs into action like a fine pc of machinery. Just fun to shoot with.
negative:-The tendency to flare with the standard hood is mostly solved with the screw in Minolta 100 macro md hood I picked up at the same LCS for $1!!! Looks cool too!! Upgraded lens hood is a must.
-Extreme MFD is an issue with the lens, same as with the 100-200. The macro feature gives it back a little versatility but using this as a walk around the room lens could be a problem. Thus I will keep the 35-105N for that application, MFD is not an issue with the N.
Leave it hanging and you'll get the old school zoom creep too.
comment:Get one while you can, I will be hunting down a spare too! Positively brilliant lens!!!
reviewer#9002 date: May-10-2011
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:Tamron 35-105 2.8
Minolta 28-135 4-4.5
Minolta 24-85 3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-105 3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105N 3.5-4.5
Tokina 35-200 4-5.6
Minolta 28-75 2.8
Sigma 24-70 2.8 HSM
Minolta 24-50 4
MInolta 24-105 3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-80 XI 4-5.6
price paid:USD 79
positive:sharp
cheap, but prices are going up
build quality
balance on A900
contrast
bokeh
compact
negative:usual flare, big hood eliminates this
comment: I bought 2 of these and gave one to my brother. This lens used to be less expensive but it's performance and demand are escalating prices. This lens has great bokeh, sharpness, contrast and focusing. I really like it on the A900.
reviewer#8820 date: Mar-22-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Sal 55-200 Sam f/4-5.6
Sal 18-55 Sam f/3.5-5.6
price paid:68 USD
positive:rather sharp
Minolta Colors

negative:
missing
comment:Outperformes the Sony 18-55 but somehow similar to the Sony 55-200 and Beercan. This lens gives it's own strong signature to the pictures due to its color and contrast. Of course, you can always erase this signature by post processing. The more pictures I take with this lens, the more I appreciate it. It's sharp wide open until diffraction kicks in, it's just a little bit soft at 105mm at f/4.5.
reviewer#8783 date: Mar-13-2011
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:Sony 18-70
Minolta 28-80 xi
price paid:£50
positive:Lovely sharp lens with great colours. Using this after the 18-70 kit lens it's like having a different camera. Build quality that is unmatched these days.
negative:A bit on the heavy side.
comment:If I could only have one lens it might well be this one.
reviewer#8766 date: Mar-9-2011
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:Min 28135
Min 24105
Min 35/2
Min 85GRS
Sony 100Macro
price paid:usd 105 used
positive:Small zoom
Minolta colors
utterly reliable
negative:none
comment:This is currently my favorite zoom. It has extraordinary clarity in the image and accuracy in focussing, and is almost as good at 35mm as my Min 35/2, and almost as good as the Sony Macro at full length. In between (which I have recently found is a problem with some of my older, hard-used Min zooms) it is just as sharp and clear. It doesn't have the halo effect of the 85G RS, but it has a hard clarity that is equally enjoyable.

Having the A900, I can crop a good deal, so that the 3x zoom factor here is not as serious a problem as I thought it would be. Likewise, with a setting of ISO 800 (according to DxO an effective ISO 640) the slowness of the lens is not apparent, since this setting boosts its effective speed to better than f/2 in the field.

I have been pairing it with my 100200 to replace my weak 28135, and I really like the combination. My 24105 was just a poor copy, and has always disappointed, so that the 35105 has always been better.

The 35105 has the vibrant and deep Minolta colors that I like so much and a surprisingly good out of focus blur (which I also like.) The long minimum focussing distance occasionally annoys me -- but it is easily compensated for by the macro switch when I want to get really close. I've not made the tape adjustment to autofocus in macro mode.

The lens hood is OK, and I've always liked the hard diagonal zoom ring just where it is.

I had been thinking of replacing my Min 28135 with a Tamron 24135 -- but this lens is so reliable, and so pleasant to use, that I think I'll stick with it for a very long time instead.
reviewer#8746 date: Mar-6-2011
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:Sony SAL 18-55mm SAM
Minolta 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5
price paid:$35 CDN (used)
positive:Amazing sharpness
Minimal CA
Build
negative:Flare
MFD
Not quite wide enough
comment:I love this lens. Some of my favorite pictures were taken with this lens on film, and it performs just as well on digital. I find flare to be an issue with this lens, however, and the hood is next to useless (use your hand instead). I have run up against the MFD a couple of times, but managed to overcome it by manually focusing in macro. This lens would never leave the camera if it was a bit wider, say 24mm, but that is why I keep the Sony 18-55mm around.

Overall, though, I really like the focal range and the sharpness has to be seen to be believed. I tested all 3 lenses at 35mm, where you would expect the other lenses to be at a bit of an advantage since they are in the middle of their ranges and this lens is at one of its extremes. This lens soundly trounced the others, even wide open. It does have a little longitudinal CA, but who cares, as this type disappears when you stop down a little. I have never seen any lateral CA with my copy of this lens.

Pick one up if you can find one.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 154
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.88
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.58
  • flare control: 4.08
  • overall: 4.64

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