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

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reviewer#5048 date: Mar-16-2009
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:
missing
price paid:67 GBP
positive:SHARP BUILD MACRO
negative:
missing
comment:I was looking for a lens as stop gap until I can afford some CZ or G ,I arrived at this lens as a bit of a sleeper getting a high rating ,But the price still being low ,The same can not be said of the beercans there price being so high on ebay you might as well throw in some more money and get the G 70 300 ssm.I love this little lens it feel just right,And I love metal build you feel as if you have quality engineering that's with all lens not just this one,It looks and feels as if it was made for the A900 and they work well together,Why would I want AF on macro? Its no problem focusing on the A900 it is bright and clear and easy to home in ...at Ł67 a steal
reviewer#5022 date: Mar-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:AF 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D)
AF 24mm 2,8
AF 28-75mm 2,8 (D)
AF 28-85mm 3,5-4,5
AF 28-135mm 4-4,5
AF 35-105mm 3,5-4,5
AF 50mm 1,7
AF 70-210mm 4
AF 75-300mm 4,5-5,6 1st
Tamron AF 11-18 4,5-5,6
Beroflex 400mm 6,3 1st
price paid:30 € (used)
positive:very sharp
size
weight
negative:min. focus distance
comment:A very compact little zoom lens with an amazing good IQ. The min. focus distance is a little bit to long, but macro helps. A perfect addition to the 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D). I had to repair the oily iris of my copy (Thanks to Pete Ganzel) and was able to convince of the easy to repair, good build quality.
reviewer#4906 date: Feb-25-2009
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:Tamron 17-50 f 2.8
Minolta 75-300 BBC
Minolta 70-210 f 4
Sony 70300 g ssm
price paid:110 usd (EBAY)
positive:sharp
full frame
f 3.5
great colors
negative:a little flare
comment:Impressed by quality of pictures. PICTURES LOOKS LIKE 3D!!!!(SONY A 700 AND SONY HVL F58AM FLASH)
Bought in mint condition!!
reviewer#4848 date: Feb-12-2009
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 35-70 f4
Minolta 28-135mm f4-4.5
Minolta 70-210mm f4
Sony DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8-3.5
price paid:15€
positive:Solidly build
Sharp
Nice range on film
negative:A bit heavy
No wide angle on aps-c

comment:I bought this lens together with a Dynax 7000 body for 15 EUR.
This because the aperture blades where sticky. Luckily it's not a hard job to clean them. Now the lens works perfectly!

It gives very sharp images. I like this lens more than the 35-70mm f4 because of the 105mm and the Macro! Though the 35-70mm is a lot smaller.

But because of the missing wide angle I don't use it very often. Still looking for a nice alternative.
reviewer#4846 date: Feb-12-2009
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:Sony 18-70mm kit
Minolta 70-210 F4
price paid:Ł85GBP
positive:Very sharp
Great colors
Fantastic feel
Solid construction
Fast auto-focus
Macro
negative:Heavy
No AF in macro
comment:This is a really excellent all-round lens. I use it a lot for close-up work, and when out and about. Amazing sharpness when stopped down. Lovely Minolta colors. Really well built - made to last. I would highly recommend this lens!
reviewer#4728 date: Jan-22-2009
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:Min 50 1.7
Min 24 2.8
Sony Kit 18-70
price paid:250$ CAD
positive:Excellent built
Original Minolta color
Cheap and not too hard to find
negative:A little heavy
The rubber grip turns white making it look old and ugly
comment:
missing
reviewer#4653 date: Jan-8-2009
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 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 35-70 F4
price paid:30 Euro
positive:Sharp
Built
cheap
negative:No AF in macro
comment:Actually the best thing is there can be AF in macro but you need some modification (can find that on DYXUM it's the same mod as the 35-70mm F4!)
Mine is still manual macro af but i think this one will be modified!
My first old style Minolta lens and used it to make Macro shots wich it is actually quite good at!
Use it oustside and you will be amazed (especially as you can get it still very cheap!)


The Mod:
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12549&PN=1
reviewer#4582 date: Dec-26-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 35-70 macro
Minolta 70-210 Beercan
price paid:FREE
positive:Sharp
Build
Macro Function
negative:A littlee bit heavy for a walk around lens.
Front element is really out there and can easily be damaged.
comment:I got this lens in a lot that included a 7000 body, a mint Minolta 28mm and an MC-1000L remote for $75 USD. I sold the 28mm for $125 USD. I already had a 28mm, and I kept the zoom and remote.

This lens has been a real treat to find. I had been using a Minolta 35-70mm Macro as my everyday walk around lens but the additional reach of this lens comes in handy.

My copy compares favorably with the 70-210 in terms of wide open sharpness, my 35-70 is a bit sharper wide open. Stop it down to 5.6 and it compares very well to both Minolta lenses. All three Minolta lenses outperform the Sony kit lens which I promptly disposed of.

I have not yet noticed CA at the long end so it appears to top the 70-210 in that category, about on the par with the 35-70.

All things considered this is a very nice lens that can be had at a very affordable price on the used market. It has left me with a pleasent problem, my copy of the 35-70 has beautiful IQ, almost 3D, but the 35-105 is close in IQ and has that extra reach. Which will be my everyday walkabout?
reviewer#4557 date: Dec-16-2008
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 50mm1.7
Minolta 35-70mm
Sony 18-70mm kit
Sony 50-210mm kit
Tamron 24-135mm
price paid:85 USD (in lot including a 50mm 1.7)
positive:Very sharp
Great colors
Fantastic feel
Solid construction
Fast auto-focus
Macro
Fast AF
negative:Zoom creep
Could be a bit wider
Minimum focus distance
comment:This has become my new favorite lens. I love everything about it. Well, I guess it could be a bit wider, but for the vast majority of uses it's fine, and (as long as there's room) I'm not so lazy I can't back up a few feet to zoom out if I have to. It has a size and feel that just feels perfect in my hands and produces wonderful photos. Even though I'm not a pro sports photographer, it's, by far, the best lens I have for taking shots of my son playing ice hockey. Unlike the Tamron 24-135mm I own, it has lightning fast auto focus and the perfect range for most hockey shots. This does not mean it doesn't perform beautifully outside the rink. If there are any downsides to this lens, it would have to be the minimum focusing distance of close to 6 feet and the lens creep. This is a great lens.
reviewer#4386 date: Nov-15-2008
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:28-135, 35-70 F4, 35-105 RS, Beercan, 70-210 3.5/4.5, 70-210 4.5/5.6
price paid:au$125 (1988)
positive:One of the most consistently sharp of the original Minolta lenses. Good colour, really solid construction, fast focus on A100. Great walk about lens, solid but still light enough to carry all day without concern.
negative:None.
comment:I tend to relate most of my comparisons with zooms to the Beercan because of the inexplicable status that lens has acquired. This lens definitely has a better IQ than the Beercan and I own two copies of it, as well as two copies of the Beercan. If I do not need the reach, I prefer this lens to the Beercan or any other lowrange zoom aside from the even lower range 35-70 F4 (which is also consistently sharp with great colour.) It is one of the few zooms that I can use either wide open or full stretch without any softness on a digital. It performs better on digital than it does on my Minolta 700si.
reviewer#4326 date: Nov-4-2008
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:Sigma 28-70
Minolta 18-70
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 28-85
price paid:S$160
positive:Sharp
Build
1/4 macro
negative:not true macro...
Not fixed F4 like the mini
comment:I first bought this lens because of a longer zoom range compare to the mini Beercan. A good carry around lens as it is not heavy compare to beercan and big beercan.

The sharpness and color is excellent for this lens.
reviewer#4146 date: Sep-29-2008
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: M 35-105 (New)
M 28-105 RS
price paid:30 GBP w M 7000
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Build
negative:Nothing
comment:Very good lens. Excellent value for money.
The ratings say it all
reviewer#3996 date: Aug-24-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5, Tamron 17-50 f2.8
price paid:$27.00 USD used
positive:Excellent build, great Minolta colors. moderately fast focus. Macro Switch with macro in the tele end vs. the 28-85 wide end macro
negative:Long minimum focus distance. (my copy has LOUD auto focus)
comment:Picked this lens up at a local photo shop. The exterior has some scuffs and small scratch on the distance scale window.
Image quality seems to be superb in my brief indoor test shots. With an affective angle of view covering the 52mm-157.5mm (50-160) it makes a nice general lens for outdoor picnics and family outings, wide enough for small group portraits and long enough for individual portraits.

I didn't really need it since I have the Tamron 17-50f2.8 and the Minolta 28-85 but it is a very nice lens and the price I paid was a steal.
reviewer#3698 date: Jun-8-2008
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:Min 75-300
Min 35-70
Min 17-35
Min 50 f/1.7
Sigma 50 EX DG macro
price paid:$20ish ($40 for lot)
positive:-colors
-sharpness
-range (but wish it were a little longer)
-build
-price
negative:-need to watch for flare
-having an issue with this hood so I tend not to use it
-wondering if there's one just like it that has a little bit longer range and then I will need no other!
comment:I got this lens by accident, sort of. It was part of a lot on ebay that included a Maxxum 7000, teleconverter (which I thought I wanted), flash, etc. for $45 shipped. I ended up getting it in its original box, with all paperwork, caps and hood. Not mint, but excellent, for sure. And in the end, this lens ended up being the shining star!

It's like the big brother of the 35-70, and the little brother of the 75-300. That is to say, it's solid, and has some of the same pros and cons. The colors are brilliant, perhaps the best I've seen from any of my lenses, with the exception of the 50mm, to which it comes close. The macro switch is an added bonus, because while I can't get as close as I can with the Sigma, the shots I get are wonderfully sharp. I honestly end up taking more macro shots than anything, and having a lens on just for that really isn't practical all the time - sadly not everything is an insect :o) I do most macro using MF anyhow, so that it's the only option with this lens isn't a problem for me, but may be for others.

Unlike the 75-300 where I find I really need a tripod for sharpness, I don't with the 35-105. I've been pseudo-testing and get nice, sharp shots at f/8 and f/11 (off the top of my head), even f/14, handheld. It's even sharp at the long end which I don't get with the 75-300 (which may be down to camera shake). Additionally, while there's a flare issue (I have the hood but don't always remember to use it), it's not as bad as the 17-35 or the 75-300, nor is the CA as bad. CA really hasn't been an issue at all. I rated it 4 for flare instead of 3 because I think if you keep it in mind, use the hood even, it doesn't have to be that bad.

This is probably my favorite "all-purpose" lens and I was amazed at what I got for the money. With one lens, I got pics of jumping spiders, swans, flowers, kids, and a lightning storm. I would have needed a combination of the others to get that (and I got dust on the sensor trying to switch between a few of them, outside, before I scored this one). I keep meaning to put some pics up because I tend to judge mostly by what I see here, first, then read after. In my opinion, this lens is fantastic, especially for the price...it's like a secret or something and I'm totally happy I stumbled upon it! If I had one thing I'd change, it would be to add just a little length and then all I'd need to carry extra would be the 17-35!
reviewer#3528 date: Apr-28-2008
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 own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
28-105 (original)
28-135
70-210 (beercan)
price paid:55 USD
positive:Sharpness
Color
Build
Size
Price
negative:Would be nice if the zoom range was little greater on the wide end, the long end, or ideally... both.
comment:For the money, this may be one of the best lenses available. The price is very cheap by just about any standard. However, considering the excellent performance of this lens, the price is a steal.

At one point I had this lens and the 4 listed in the "compared to" section above, and ran a series of tests to see which would be the keeper. At the wide end, this lens beat everything else for sharpness (except the 70-210, which it tied), at all apertures. At the long end it started to soften up a little bit, but still outperformed the others with the exception of the 28-135 and 70-210, which were slightly sharper, particularly wide open.

Color is very classic Minolta, better than the 28-105, and only a fraction less saturated than the 28-135 and the 70-210.

I kept the 28-135 (partly based on the sound judgement that I'd always wanted one!), and I sold the others. For me it was a mistake. I shoot mostly with primes, and keep one or at most two zooms in the kit for flexibility, particularly in traveling. For my purposes, as an alternative when the primes aren't my best choice, the 35-105 is a better choice. The 35-105 is about half the size and weight of the 28-135, uses 55mm filters instead of 72mm, and costs 1/4 as much. And with performance that compares well against the "legendary" 28-135 and 70-210... I've sold the 28-135 and am looking again for a 35-105.

UPDATE: I've gone through 3 more 35-105s in the quest to replace the one I sold. Each one was as great as the first one was, but each one was contaminated w/ fungus. I've never run into a lens where such a high percentage had this problem, although granted, this isn't a large sample. Anyway, the 4th was the charm. It's crystal clear, and the image quality is even better than the one I ran tests with originally. I can't rave enough about this lens. Nothing comes close to it in terms of performance at this kind of price. Get one, even if you have to buy and sell a few before you get a clean example.
reviewer#3500 date: Apr-23-2008
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:Minolta 28-85mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm f4
Sony DT 18-70mm
price paid:62 USD (ex used)
positive:-Super Sharp
-Bright beautiful colors
-Macro mode = nice bokeh & sharp images
negative:- Minimum focus distance is way to far for my comfort at ~1.5 feet
-Manual focus on Macro mode
comment:I recieved this lens by "accident" but in the end decided to keep it. I tested this lens next to all 3 lenses above at the same location on a bright sunny afternoon at different Apt. (f4, f5.6, f6.3, f8, f11) and different focal dist. (35, 50, 70, *85 and *105) The Minolta 35-105mm performed the best out of the lot.

My copy performed best in sharpness and color after f5.6 (or 1-stop down) thought the range.
At 35mm, it gets a little bit soft (especially at edges), but for the rest of the range, stopped down a bit, its sharp sharp.

Comparisons:
It is definitely sharper than the my copy of M28-85. I've read and heard that the M28-85 should be sharper wide at f8 but from my tests at 100% crop of parking lot signs, the 35-105 still out performs in detail in shadow and text sharpness.
However, the 28-85mm outer edges are more consistently sharp than this lens.

The Sony DT gets blown away by this lens. The M35-70 can keep up with this lens, as details are almost same in sharpness if stopped down, but I'd still perfer the M35-105.

The KICKER (for me):
Horrible minimum focus distance. I gotta step back so far just to get into focus. BUT being this is my favorite lens so far, I have adapted to switch over to MACRO if its not within range. This usually solves my problem as it reduces the MFD. Bokeh is nice in macro mode.

Lens FLARE when pointed near towards the sun (I dont have a lens hood). It DEFINITELY needs a lens hood. I've had it come up bright orange 4-5 times out of the 500 pictures i've shot with this lens.
reviewer#3150 date: Jan-7-2008
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 50/1.4, Minolta 50/2.8 macro, Sony 18-70 kit
price paid:$40 (used)
positive:-Wonderful colours
-Nice build
negative:-The range is a bit impractical at the wide end
comment:I especially like the colours.

Note: I rarely shoot near strong light sources, and know very little about flare. I haven't seen any flare in my shots, but this might just be my lack of knowing what to look for.
reviewer#3129 date: Jan-4-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Ł22
positive:- Build Quality
- Sharpness
- Weight
- General feel
negative:- Manual focus in macro mode but then I usually focus manually in macro anyway.
-Weight could be an issue for some, though I like the feel.
comment:Bought this lens a month ago on ebay and have been pleasantly surprised. Built like a tank and weighs as much compared to modern lenses but it feels like a quality product that is built to last, which you cant say about the majority of the modern plastic lenses. Very sharp.
reviewer#2894 date: Oct-31-2007
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:CZ16-80, 24/2.8, 28-85/3.5-4.5, 35-70/4, 35-80/4-5.6
price paid:250€ new
positive:Very sharp; Built like a tank; Good macro
negative:Heavy; Macro only manual focus
comment:Bought this to replace the kit lens I got on my 7000i. Used it with great results, as general lens, for macro and for portraits.
Now that I have the CZ16-80 I do not use it anymore. Maybe I have to take it out for portraits again, but it could be that also then the 16-80 is even better. Unless I insist on 105 mm wide open, which is really good on the 35-105. Or I buy an a700 one day and my daughter gets the KM 5D with 35-105…
reviewer#2318 date: May-16-2007
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:KM 50/1.7, KM 70-210/4 beercan, KM 24-85/3.5-4.5, Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6, Tokina 80-400/4.5-5.6
price paid:15 USD (used)
positive:Extremely sharp at tele end, cheap, macro mode, good AF
negative:Close focus too far, not wide enough
comment:Picked this lens up for cheap as it had an oily aperture; fixed it promptly after, so I got a bargain on this. This lens produces very good images; sharpness and color are excellent. I am astounded at its sharpness wide open on the tele end, way sharper than my 24-85 wide open; similar to beercan performance on its short end. Though on the wide end it's average (worse than 24-85). On APS-C this lens isn't really wide enough for a walk around, so I use it mostly for short telephoto and some macro. Its macro functions is pretty good, quality is there.

I also hacked mine to get AF in macro mode (there's a forum thread that shows how), which works decently if you know how to control it. I do like it that macro mode gives you a bit of distance to work with, since its 105 mm. Weight doesn't bother me, it's nothing compared to my bigger lenses. The minimum focus distance hurts though, and along with 35mm on APS-C, I don't use this lens that much.
reviewer#2230 date: Apr-29-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70, M 28-85, M 35-70, M 50-f/1.7, Sigma 28-200, Baby Beer Can, M 75-300 (silver)
price paid:
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positive:Very good center resolution. Nice size and range. Capable of good to excellent 8 x 12 prints at f/8
negative:Corner resolution not so good, but on par, with the other lenses listed.
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). (105/8/175/78), (105/4.5/133/34), (35/8/172/67), (35/3.5/84/35). 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 www.roystuff.info.
reviewer#2159 date: Apr-14-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 70-210 (Beercan)
Minolta 100-200
price paid:95 USD (used)
positive:Decent Sharpness for price
Colors
Overall build quality
negative:Border quality
Zoom creep
comment:Perhaps I had a bad example (paid $95 at KEH, rated Exc.), but I found this lens over-extended on the A100 10mp sensor. Center sharpness was decent, as long as one did not exceed 8x10 inch prints, but the borders were much less sharp. Again, perhaps I had a bad example that was suffering from a decentering issue, because one side of the image would be worse that the other.

Colors were wonderful and the overall sense of 3-dimensionality was seductive.

Based on my example, for the price this is a great lens, provided the anticipated print sizes remain at 5x7 inches or less.
reviewer#1934 date: Mar-8-2007
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:Tokina ATX Pro 28-70. Tokina AF 19-35. Minolta 135 2.8. Kit 18-70.
price paid:£20 with camera
positive:Sharp; quick auto focus.Well made.Feels substantial on 5D.Love the macro facility.Manual focus seems more like 'fine tune' control. Has same 'magic' as 135 2.8 but is more versatile. Love the colour.Lovely with A55.
negative:Wish it was a 17-105 with same quality...and price!
comment:I bought this lens atached to a Minolta 7000 for L20 on Seedybay. I have been amazed and thrilled at how similar it performs to my fav.135 2.8. yet it is so much more versatile and the macro facility is an extra excellent bonus.
reviewer#1841 date: Feb-16-2007
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:Kit lens 18-70 3,5-5,6
Minolta AF 75-300 4,5-5,6
price paid:48 Euro (used)
positive:impressive sharpness
good AF speed
great felling in hand
negative:weight for some users
lack of AF in macro
distance of focus (min.1500mm)
comment:I bought lens to replace my kit lens. I had been searching for long time any review about them and after significant number of read opinions I decided to get one. Know I wonder why I hadn't bought them ealier.

Build is excellent and the felling when I hold it with body is pretty nice. The weight is a plus in my opinion as it properly balance camera during making a picture and better stabilizes hand (importent in long exposure by hand).

Sharpness. That is the point I was looking for. This one raises over other lenses and It's a tough player. Simply excellent even wide open at 3,5. Impressive. I took several pictures at my home when I shut some lights down and left only my desk lamp. I noticed that noice level is much less that with kit lens at ISO800 (Dynax 5D). That fact ensures me I made a good choice.

Minimal distance may be a problem inside small rooms (I like to picture my little boy and sometimes I miss more angle). But generally for me it's not a case, I use other lens then.

If someone asked me whether to buy this one to his collection I would answer: Even don't think about that, hurry up!
reviewer#1490 date: Nov-28-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Kit 18-70, 28-80 3.5-5.6, 28-80 4-5.6 Xi, 28-105 3.5-4.5 Xi, Quantaray 28-80 3.5-5.6
price paid:
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positive:Very sharp, AF pretty fast, good build quality, relatively inexpensive, good value
negative:No AF in Macro mode
comment:I like these lenses a lot (see all 5's) but having cut down my keepers to avoid overlaps this one really doesn't fit in (as probably won't hold onto a 24-50/4 beercan's little brother but not tested yet). This is a lens that should be in any starters line-up (or the 28-135 macro but believe is rarer and more expensive)
reviewer#1157 date: Sep-3-2006
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 Minolta 18-70
minolta 70-210 f/3.5-4.5
Canon 20d + 50mm f/1.8 + tamron 17-35+tamron 28-75
price paid:79,99 $
positive:Very sharp
Very fast AF
Excellent build
negative:heavy
Auto focus does not work in macro
Minimum focus distance of 1.5 meters
comment:Very good lens for portrait
reviewer#1094 date: Aug-18-2006
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:- kit Minolta 18-70
- Tamron 17-50 f2.8
- Minolta 50 f1.7
- Sigma 70-300 Macro Super II
price paid:90 Euro (used)
positive:- Very sharp
- Very fast AF
- Excellent build
- Heavy
negative:- Colors seem slightly different from kit lens(green looks brownish)
- Heavy
- Auto focus does not work in Macro
- Minimum focus distance of 1.5 meters
comment:I love this lens.

I got it today and am extremely happy. It is superb in every way. Only problem is that it is heavy and may not be pleasant to carry along.

I took about 15 portraits all superbly sharp. Outdoor it makes excellent very sharp photos too. It proves that Pictures can look very well/sharp even stretched to 100% on the monitor. In my opinion result on min aperture are quite sharp too, perhaps just an idea softer then f8.

The lens feels very well on the camera. Very solid very nice to handle. No plastic what so ever. Unfortunately this has bad impact when you walk around as the lens is much heavier then the kit lens. Manual focus is very nice and easy with this lens compared to kit (In this aspect my Sigma is even better though).

In macro mode the AF does not work. As well minimum focus distance is quite big. Not big issues, but need to be clear if one thinks of buying the lens.

I used my 5D with the lens.

Update: I used on A300 & A700 and the lens is a good performer there as well, I think it beats the Tamron 17-50 sharpness and is only slightly softer then 50 f1.7, or Tamron 90/2.8 Di Macro
reviewer#1036 date: Jul-27-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 kit lens
price paid:
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positive:Overall a good lens. fas AF on both 5 and 7D cameras.
negative:Old, the zoom is a little rough.
comment:I purchased this lens on Ebay for $150 AU a month a go and expected it to be a dud. I was mistaken, the lens is great for indoor studio photography, a good range . I generally use the 28-75mm (D) (what a lens) as my general lens but this little wonder is interesting. Quick to AF on 5 and 7D and good colour straight up. Sharp from f5 onward, but acceptable at 3.5.
reviewer#659 date: Apr-3-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Build quality - original all metal construction. Very nice "all around" range.
negative:Heavy for such a small lens, but that's to be expected of all the Minotla 1st generation lenses.
comment:I find myself reaching for this lens more than any other. That may change in the near future once the weather clears and I can break out the 28-135mm I received.
reviewer#656 date: Apr-3-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 18-70DT, Minolta 28-75D f2.8, Minolta 28-105D 3.5-5.6, Minolta 50mm 1.7, Minolta 35-70 f4, Sigma 28-105 f2.8-4, Vivitar 28-105 f2.8-4, Ozunon 35-80 f3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Solid metal build.
Sharpness is tremendous even wide open.
Good feel mounted on the 5d.
Color is very nice.
Price used is good.
Macro function is usable.
Uaseble indoors without flash on 5d.
negative:Nothing at all for the price but the weak spots as I see them is the front element turns when focusing and there are some wide angle distortions when straight lines are prominent.
No auto-focus when in macro mode.
Close focus distance not great without using macro mode.

comment:This lens is a good one. It's sharpness across the range for me has been tremendous. The lens is fast enough to use at indoor events on the 5D if some care is taken.

I really like this lens and I would say it is very tough to beat for the money. If you don't want to carry a super-zoom or drag around your heavy glass this lens will do some things for you.

Overall I rate this lens as an excellent choice for the money. The only reason I marked the build down was the design of the lens since it is not IF and the lens telescopes when zooming. I have not had many situations for flare so I am hoping my mark will stand on the flare control. I don't have the original hood at this time so I am using a collapsable rubber hood until I pick up an original. I have not had any major problem with flare up to this point.

This is a solid lens you can count on in many situations. It makes a good everyday lens or a very good backup to better glass. If you are using the 18-70 kit lens this should be an inexpensive treat for you especially if you don't need the wide. It is not built like a toy and will perform much better indoors in low light in most all applications. The sharpness is sweet, I just had to say that again.

If you purchase this lens for your collection you will not be sorry. If you purchase this lens to use you should be well pleased.



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rating summary

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  • 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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