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

reviews found: 78    << 1 2 3 >>
reviewer#8000 date: Sep-20-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28mm f2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f1.4
price paid:500 JPY (~ 5 USD)
positive:extremely cheap
negative:awful
comment:Super cheap, I bought this lens to take apart and use the alpha-mount for a MD Rokkor re-mount conversion, and thought I'd take a couple test pictures first.

Very slow, strange range (on APS-C, anyways)

I like prime lenses over zooms anyways, so that might have prejudiced me.

I wouldn't buy this lens for over $20.
reviewer#7921 date: Sep-1-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70mm F4
price paid:$90 AUD
positive:- Sharp
- Cheap
- nice colour
- smooth bokeh
negative:funny range
comment:The lens has very smooth and nice bokeh when zoom to 105mm.
Very sharp and nice colour. The only thing that I am not satisfied with is the funny range of 35mm. Nevertheless for the price I paid it is considered a very good lens, especially for potrait and zoom in objects.
reviewer#7597 date: Jun-22-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
price paid:41.50€ (second hand)
positive:- Cheap
- Light
- Reasonable range
- Quite sharp
negative:- Weird range on APS-C
comment:This lens is actually a good performer, but it never really make it in my line-up of lenses. Most of its range is already covered by other lenses I own (Sony 18-55 + Tamron 70-200), and that's just making it useless.

The other thing about this lens is that the range on APS-C is just awkward. With the crop factor, it becomes a telephoto lens with a 52.5-157.5mm range. It makes more sense on a FF sensor, but probably isn't good enough anymore against modern and/or more expensive glass.
reviewer#7466 date: May-23-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:110 USD (used)
positive:Nice Color & Sharpness for this price, good bokeh,
negative:build
comment:this is my firt
minolta lens, i love the brightnes & sharp. good bokeh for this price
reviewer#7413 date: May-7-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105 f3.5 - 4.5
price paid:Ł45 GBP
positive:Light
Good colour
negative:Nothing to mention
comment:Very good lens for the price.

Dont judge it on its focal length; you know what it ia and the lens was designed foe film/full frame usage
reviewer#7295 date: Apr-16-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-80 f3.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:- fantastic IQ
- fast AF
- amazing colors
negative:- manual focus ring a little bit too tight
comment:This is the typical example of (in my opinion), the legendery "Minolta quality". I got this lens from a friend of mine, like a gift, and now it's my favourite lens at all. It's about the same IQ like the Beercan (very similar), but it's a little one. Really, it's not a big beercan :) But.. Sometimes You don't want to hold three kilogramms on your neck... And You need really SHARP images, then - this is your choice.
reviewer#7254 date: Apr-6-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70 f4
28-80 f3.5-5.6D
28-85 f3.5-4.5
50 f1.7 RS
price paid:25 GBP estimate
positive:Good all-rounder
Weight/size
Image quality
Colour
Build quality
negative:None
comment:As every photography student knows, all lenses are a compromise. I think this is a great one.

It's not the fastest but 3.5-4.5 is respectable.
Build is not metal but hey it's roughly 20 years old and in great shape, no creaks, and all zoom and focussing mechanisms are still nice and smooth.
Colour is different to the metal build Minoltas, vivid but slightly less warm, in fact I prefer it.
Sharpness is not fantastic wideopen but is fine at f5.6 and what you'd expect at f8. Certainly excellent for a zoom though not the equal of the 35-70.

Range is very good for full-frame which is how I've used it. (I've in fact just purchased a 24-85 intending to use on an APS-C for this very reason)

The biggest surprise is its compact nature. It has the common and cost-effective 55m filter thread, weighs under 300g and yet delivers true Minolta quality far in front of the 28-80 kit lens I got with my Dyxax 5.

Bought in a package with 7000i and few other bits and bobs.
The 7000i is being used as a spare body but after tallying up the sales of the other lens, flash and filter I think for the camera and this lens I probably laid out about 25 GBP.
reviewer#7108 date: Mar-16-2010
sharpness: 2
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:tam 17-50mm
cz 16-80mm
price paid:
missing
positive:very fast AF
cheap
compact
nice colour
negative:unuseful range on APS-C
bad CA
needs to be stopped down
comment:got sent this by mistake from an ebay seller so i thought i'd fire off a few test shots before returning it.

not particularly impressed, it suffers from bad CA (when wide open) which gives a ghostly effect. However sharpness & CA does improve greatly when stopped down to a very respectable level - its possible my sample had bad front or back focus.

The AF speed is very fast, but mine seems to almost rattle.

The build quality is pretty good compared to modern lenses but not quite as good as the 1st gen minolta lenses.
reviewer#7102 date: Mar-15-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 Original
price paid:L22 GBP
positive:Just a great lens.
Underraed
Usably sharp wide open
Great Minolta colour
MFD
negative:Not as good as original version! - but has much more convenient MFD
comment:Jusr because this lens isn't as good as the original, don't disregard it. It is still a fine lens. Very sharp above f5.6.

Also consider that it is lighter, smaller, has a more workable MFD (850mm against 1500mm) and can be obtained for half the price.

I use both depending on the occasion. This is more than good enough for general photography.

Also consider that regardless of cost, it is difficult to find a zoom better than the original 35-105.
reviewer#7094 date: Mar-15-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 Sony
50 f1.7 Minolta
70-300 Tamron
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp from f6.3
fast af
decently build
cheap
nice colors
negative:performs bad in low light
often very soft
weird focal length on aps-c
minimum focus distance
comment:i picked this lens up for 25 euro at a local shop. dissapointed at first. wide open the images are really soft especially in low light conditions. but when stopped down and with decent light or flash it all of a sudden becomes really sharp. and the colors are just lovely (very warm). Not very usefull for indoor shooting as the minimum focus distance is 80cm (!).
reviewer#7011 date: Mar-6-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85, 100-200, 75-300, 50 1.7, 28 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Gorgeous colors, handles beautifully, light weight, sweet for walkarounds. Extremely fast and responsive auto focus.
negative:Mine is in the shop, sticky blades hopefully it can be saved!! Lack of range on the short side on C format hurts but full frame this little monster should be a beast!
comment:This is my favorite lens since I have been shooting Minolta, perhaps equaling my love affair with Nikon 135mm a1 lens when I was shooting F2's. Dunno why it gets trashed so badly around these parts, sure it is plastic but it is super high quality plastic, made in Japan with a sturdy metal mount. Maybe I am lucky and scored a good copy.
I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet on the A700 since it is in the shop for repair but I was getting fabulous results on the A 200....as before this was my go to lens despite the lack of wide in the C format. It was on my 9000 probably 80% of the time back in the day.
Hopefully I can get her back and post an update on results on my A700.

Updated!

My old friend has barely left my A 700 since she returned with clean blades. I don't see the problem many complain about with the range being a problem on APS-C camera. Approx 52-157 works fine for me. Wide is not my obsession anyway.

As said, I bought this new and scored a very nice copy. This remains a solid, highly recommended lens for me. It also remains one of my all time favorites.....it is good and fine to have my old friend back!!! Much better on my A 100 than the A 700
reviewer#6975 date: Feb-28-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT18-70
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
price paid:69 USD (used)
positive:Sharp
Color
Size
negative:Nothing for the price
comment:This lens stopped me from selling my A350! I had (and sold) a Sony A100 Because I was never impressed with the IQ. I have a Sony DSC-R1 that I absolutely LOVE - it's a Cybershot but it has an APS-C sensor and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens - it takes amazing pictures. When I had the A100 I purchased both Minolta 35-70s having read good things so when I found a deal on the A350 I was optimistic about the combo. To tell you the truth I was underwhelmed. I found the 35-105 on eBay and purchased it thinking that it was the older macro version so when it came in I was less than excited about it and threw it in a drawer. I was thinking that I should just sell the A350 and look at a Canon or Nikon but then I pulled this lens from the drawer, took some quick snapshots and WOW!
Maybe I just have a really good copy (ser# 14308347) because mine is very reasonably sharp at 3.5 and razor sharp when stopped down just a bit. This lens has by far the best colors of all my lenses. This lens is so good that I decided to keep the A350 and grabbed a Sony 18-55 SAM lens (so much better than the 18-70) as my wider angle. I am so glad that I found this treasure of a lens (even if in error) Now I grab my A350 before the R1!
reviewer#6923 date: Feb-18-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:
missing
positive:Very Sharp
Nice Colors
Rubberized Focus/zoom rings
negative:Focus is disappointing at wide aperture
comment:Very sharp at narrower apertures but gets a bit hazy at maximum aperture. A small and versatile lens.
reviewer#6340 date: Nov-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
price paid:EUR 40
positive:sharper than Sony 18-70
fairly cheap
range
negative:soft at 105 mm
comment:A step up from the sony 18-70 in IQ and (for me) useful range. Best results at F6.3/F7.1, although still decent picture quality at larger apertures. Nice (warm) colors. The zoomring on my copy is a little stiff.
It looks great on my A200.

reviewer#6337 date: Nov-6-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA 50MM 1.7
SIGMA 90MM MACRO
SAL18-70
SAL 55-200
Minolta 35-105 old
price paid:70USD
positive:NICE MINOLTA COLOURS AND PRETTY SHARP ABOVE F6.3
CHEAP
negative:A bit noisy at ISO400 and above. Stiff zoom like everyone elses.
comment:Best colour out of my all lenses by miles. Very good lens for outdoor shooting as long as you keep it above 6.3. I use it outdoors around f8 and it is fantastic.

Ended up selling it to buy 35-105 old version which is way sharper.
reviewer#6136 date: Sep-28-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp, Range, Fast AF on A700, Compact.
negative:Can be quite soft wide open.
comment:Best value lens with high IQ for this range.
reviewer#5940 date: Aug-30-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 19-35
M50/1.7
Beercan
M135/2.8
Sigma 105Macro
M28-85
Vivitar Series1 105/2.5
Sony 75-300
price paid:90 USD
positive:Very Sharp Stopped down
Good Range
Very fast AF
Small & light
negative:None
comment:This lens is a very unassuming bargain!
Sopped down to f/6.3 it is incredibly sharp!
On APS-C it equals a 50-150mm which is a pretty cool range.
Very useful for portraits, shooting birds & the odd scene.
Small light & easy to carry. Very underrated.
reviewer#5868 date: Aug-17-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105 Macro (1985) and Almost all other Minolta Legacy Lenses
price paid:$115 USD Used
positive:Compact
Sharp
Light
Minolta COLOR all the way!
negative:For the price I don't see any!
comment:I've tested most Legacy Minolta Zooms and Primes now. This is the first (non-telephoto)of many reviews where I hope I can guide the Alpha mount community.

I do all my lens testing in bright light, f4.5, on a tripod with official resolution test charts, no image stabilization.

This lens average rating is perfect. It's a 4.3. Given the size, weight, and appearance (looks count for something!) of this lens I have to say I've converged some of my attention around it as a real bargain.

Why?

This focal range is the best for me and my uses on my A350. I don't need that super wide 20mm (even though I bought one of those too!) or anything over 105mm for "walking around" purposes. Who really does?

And if you do want something wider you need to consider the competition. the 28-85 and 24-85 are not as clear as THIS little lens. Not. No way. Never. They also cost more, they're too big, and you should just buy a prime to do anything wider than 35mm IMHO.

This lens is NOT (even!) as sharp as the 35-105 macro (1985) lens....but what zoom is?! I've spent countless hours on E-bay and opened tons of dirty camera bags trying to find something better - so don't even try - take my misery and use it! 28-135? Nope - not the copy I got/sold.

What it comes down to is this. I'm not about having a lens that does it all badly. Or even one that does it all but only does a few things well. If I have a lens that does it all I'll DO IT ALL when I'm out stomping around and would hate myself for going above 70mm on a given lens or using the big F stop on another.

So...this lens is NOT the older 35-105 (which is my true walk around lens) but it's pretty close. If I need a light duty/inconspicuous lens that does about the same then I'd use this. If you ding it up you could buy another pretty cheap!

-Shootist
reviewer#5356 date: May-7-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 100/2,8 Macro, MAF 70-210/4 Beercan, MAF 28-105/3,5-5,6, MAF 100-300/4,5-5,6 MAF 50/1,7
price paid:
missing
positive:Have macro option, good bokeh, sharp, reasonable price
negative:not very good range 35-105 mmm, a bit dark aperture
comment:A good starter lens for every Sony Alpha user who does not hunted as yet MAF 28-135 or 28-105 lenses and don't like to use Sony 18-70 starter kit, goods equivalent of it. Takes good macro pictures.
reviewer#5350 date: May-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/3.5-4.5
Tamron 18-250
Tamron 17-35
price paid:$150US (new)
positive:light, small, Minolta color
negative:slight softness wide open, slight distortion @ 35mm
comment:I like this lens more than the ratings might indicate. At 52-157mm equivalent on aps-c, it's fine for portraits and general use. Sharp when stopped down a bit, and great colors - now I've seen what "Minolta color" looks like! I was surprised to note a bit of perspective distortion in one of my favorite shots I took with this.. not extreme, but noticeable when straight lines are at the edge of the image. The used price on this lens makes it an easy recommendation; I paid a high price for new-in-box and am still quite happy.
reviewer#5348 date: May-6-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:150USD
positive:sharp, nice color
negative:none
comment:I like very much this lens, I've buyed it a years ago in Slovakia, therefore the high price - for dynax 500si super, my first minolta camera and I was satisfied, then I obtained 7D and "surprisingly" I'm still happy with it. Several of my favorite shots with my daughter was with this lens.
reviewer#5211 date: Apr-11-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:DT 18-70 Kit Lens
price paid:$20 USD (Used)
positive:Cheap fast and compact.
Reasonable picture quality.
negative:I don't find it as sharp as other's report.
comment:Find this one a bit limited on the A200. Will stick with the kit lens for a while for shear flexibility. I haven't noticed any increased picture quality over the kit lens but that may be due to this minolta being 20 years old...
reviewer#5171 date: Apr-5-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony/Carl Zeiss - Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Sigma - 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC
price paid:51 USD (Used)
positive:+ Cheap (2nd hand)
+ Acceptable Color
negative:- Not wide enough on APSC
- flare in strong light
- Disappointed Sharpness
comment:Acquired it from 2nd market in a very low price. However, I sold it out soonest when the sharpness is not as I expected under strong light condition.
reviewer#5157 date: Apr-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 28-80 xi F4-5.6
Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 28 f2.8
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
price paid:50GBP a while back
positive:-Sharp
-Light
-Cheap
-superb walk around/sports lens
negative:-not wide enough on APSC for architecture shots
comment:Put this little gem alongside the 50/1.7 and it's only about 1cm taller.It's absolutely amazing for it's reach.

It's sharp in the center even wide open and hits the sweet spot at around 5.6.It's really sharp to focus and it's a great companion at sport events. Try and take any other tele or medium range to a football game and the stewards will frown and probably won't let you in. I put this little prime-size gem and there's no problem.

It also comes with a nice hood so flare is no problem.
reviewer#5132 date: Mar-31-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50, F2.8
Minolta 35-70, F4 xx
Minolta 50, F1.4 original
price paid:can't say, but cheap
positive:Very nice light and small piece of glass that takes solid pictures. Not really for pixel peepers, but your most beautiful pics usually aren't of brick walls etc. Available cheap and makes a good companion to Tammy 17-50 type lenses.
negative:For what you can get them for, really nothing. However, this is not a particularly sharp lens below F8. To tell you the truth, even at F8 the difference between it and my other faster lenses is obvious.
comment:OK, first off, I am not a lens authority and can only give you my subjective impressions of this lens which I have used close to 20 years on the 7000i, 7xi and A100. I don't know if this makes any sense (it probably doesn't) but it seemed sharper to me on film. On the A100 it's clearly softer than the Tammy, but holds its own in terms of the images it produces. Yes, the colours are "minolta."

I use this lens for the reach that the Tammy doesn't have beyond 50 and it does not disappoint. It's not nearly as sharp wide, but it holds it's own in terms of the images it produces, particularly stopped down. Indoors, however, it's easy to get into a situation where it's not wide enough.

The Minolta 35-70 F4 is a sharper lens no doubt, but the extra reach of this lens makes it a more useful. In addition, somehow I feel less nervous handling this lens than the 35-70 which to me feels "less tight" in terms of build. Although the body feels sturdy enough, the rubber around the zoom ring on my copy is oxidizing and a little loose - as a practical matter, it only looks bad.

In terms of the images it produces, my 50/1.4 "totally crucifies" (OK, that's a bit of hyperbole) this lens in terms of sharpness and low-light functionality (at 50 mm of course,) but that little gem is a classic low-light prime.

This lens is really light and handy. For the "cheap as chips" (as our British Buds say) price, you seriously can't go wrong with a proper copy IMO.
reviewer#4997 date: Mar-11-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CARL ZEISS 24 - 120 on Sony R1
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.6 - 4.% non N macro
price paid:129NZD
positive:SHARP STOPPED DOWN
LOVELY COLOUR
BOKEH GOOD
negative:SOFT WIDE OPEN AT WIDE END
NO MACRO
comment:I bought this lens as a macro with a reversing ring to use on a Sony alpha 700. I have also tested it as a medium telephoto zoom fitted conventionally. Its the first Minolta lens I have used.It is quite sharp stopped down especially at the telephoto end. Corner softness is an issue wide open - its gets soft and mushy. Fast snappy focusing. Good for portraits. Flare control is mediocre. The main thing I liked about this lens were he Minolta colours and sharp performance on the long end giving a fair telephoto zoom on an APS sized sensor.
I have since sold this lens and bought the macro version.
reviewer#4953 date: Mar-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-210 4,5-5,6
Minolta 35-70 f/4
price paid:20 EUR (used)
positive:compact
sharp
negative:focal range on APS-C
no Macro
Bokeh (sometimes)
comment:I really like this lens. It is sharp if you stop it down to f/8. There is no visible CA or flare and it is really compact. I would not use it for portraits because the bokeh is not so nice sometimes.
The focal length is a little odd on an APS-C camera, it is equ. to 53-153. But you can't beat it for the price!
reviewer#4692 date: Jan-16-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70 f2.8
price paid:$30.00 Used
positive:Lightweight
Fast AF
Sharp / Clear
Rock Bottom Price
negative:Wish it had larger aperture
comment:Nifty little lens...Gave it a try cause there were very few bidders for this item on ebay .. Ended up owning it for $30.00. Tried it and did a few comparison Shots with the Sigma ... Colors and Sharpness of this Lens was quite close to the Sigma . I like the Mid-range focal lenght . Works for me . I'm keeping it ..btw I was lucky enuf to get it with the original lens hood. If you can get one for $50 or less take you won't be sorry = )
reviewer#4542 date: Dec-13-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:kit lens
price paid:90 USD
positive:Small, not heavy
fast AF
nice bokeh
negative:rotating front element
aperture not constant
Lower limit (35 mm) is not enough on APS-C
comment:Useful for portraits, but in good light conditions.
Still useful in typical situations, but application in landscape photography (on APS-C) is limited - not wide enough.
Bokeh is easy to obtain.
reviewer#4433 date: Nov-26-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Canon 28-105
- Canon 50mm f/1.4
- Pentax 43mm Limited
price paid:
missing
positive:- Great colors.
- Good sharpness
- Small and light
negative:- Not sharp wide open
- Nothing else found yet (Because I did know that is was not f/2.8 when I bought it ;-)
comment:This is my first Minolta lens - I have previously owned Canon and Pentax equipment, but have now switched to Sony and loving it. This lense was only purchased as a temporary lense for my A700. My first priority was to get a landscape lense (17-35 f/2.8-4) and a longer tele (70-300 G) so i needed a cheap solution for the mid-range (until I can afford the CZ4-70).

Having shot with this lens for a week now, I am not so sure I will ever sell it. It covers an amazing range for me and produce fantastic results from at least f/5.6. I might add CZ 24-70 later, but this little gem will still be in my collection for "going light" and in rough conditions.

Please note - the 4 in flare control does not mean it could not get a 5, but i have not yet shot much under harsh flare conditions so the lense is not tested well enough in this area - I have not had any flare problems in normal conditions.
reviews found: 78    << 1 2 3 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 78
  • sharpness: 4.16
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.22
  • distortion: 4.28
  • flare control: 4.08
  • overall: 4.28

to add your review
you need to login

Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania