Minolta AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 N

(8 customer reviews)

The Minolta AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 N is a camera glass that provides a range of focal lengths from 35mm to 105mm. It can be used on various camera models with different mounts through the use of adapters. The lens can be used for both autofocus and manual focus, giving the photographer more control over their shots. The lens has multiple lens elements that work together to produce sharp and clear images. The lens coating helps to reduce glare and improve color accuracy. The lens was manufactured in the past and may not be as readily available as newer lenses. The aperture ranges from f/3.5 to f/4.5, which is suitable for low light photography. The build quality of the lens is good and it is durable enough to withstand regular use. The lens has a decent resolution, which means that the images produced are of a satisfactory quality. The bokeh, or the quality of the out of focus areas in the image, is also good. Overall, the Minolta AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 N is a reliable photographic lens that can produce high-quality images.


  • The Minolta AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 N lens is affordable, making it a great option for those on a budget.
  • It performs well on the Sony Alpha 58 camera and its image quality is impressive for its price point.
  • The lens is easy to use and handle, making it a good option for general photography purposes.
  • Its overall build quality is solid, and it feels durable in the hand.


  • The lens’ size and weight make it less versatile for use in tight spaces or for quick and easy handheld shots.
  • The rotating front filter can make it challenging to use certain types of filters, such as polarizers or variable ND filters.
  • The zoom function can be a little stiff, but it should loosen up with use over time.


  • Overall, the Minolta AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 N lens is a great option for those who want a high-quality lens without breaking the bank. While it may not be the most versatile or convenient lens out there, it performs well and produces sharp images, making it a worthwhile investment for those just starting out in photography or looking to expand their lens collection.

Optical design

Has 7 aperture blades, mid-grade lenses usually have this amount of blades. Having rounded blades provides out of focus circle shape closer to a circle.

Physical characteristics

With a lens filter diameter of 55 mm commonly filter size, gives you a variety of filter options. Weights 290 grams so consider putting to your camera bag. 59 mm long, this small lens should be always in the camera bag.

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8 reviews for Minolta AF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 N

  1. dyxum.com

    77 dyxum.com user rated as 4.29/5

  2. Ebay.com

    Ebay.com rated as 4.71/5

  3. lens-club.ru

    12 lens-club.ru user rated as 4.17/5

  4. Ebay.com Mar 09, 2012

    Good lens with great color not a prime lens quality, good buy if less $150 As most of you know, the Minolta 35-105mm is a legendary lens. This is not necessary that every Minolta automatically is the best one. In fact, even among all good lens there are good and not very successful copies. The copy what I got is not the best one. I compared it with Minolta 28-105mm and Sigma 18-200mm DG. In the same conditions, with flash on, in sharpness the Sigma 18-200mm was winner, to my surprise. Second place took Minolta 28-105mm and then 35-105mm. But the sharpness is what I was looking for. I used Sony a560 camera with Check Focus LV. In door this lens, even with flash on, was not too sharp at 35mm but sharp enough at 105mm in the same conditions. I took about 20 pictures with the same result. The copy of lens, what I got, is in the good conditions, there are not even deep scratches on the barrel, however, as I said, I expected something better. It is still has a good color, but again, I used Skylight 1B filter to bring more saturation, when I was taking pictures of sunset. I could distinctly see a difference with and without that filter. Lens is sharp on both ends of zoom outside (perhaps because of more UV light), if object not far away. It has a great macro. The macro, however, is provided by switching in macro mode with switch on lens. MACRO MODE DOES NOT HAVE AUTO FOCUS COMPATIBILITY. You have to adjust the focus, holding camera release button half pressed (to see camera focus confirmation), then turning zoom barrel to find a focus, then you need to turn off the auto focus on your camera, and finally, make a fine tuning with aperture barrel. It’s a pain, but pictures are great. Minimum focus distance of Minolta 35-105 in normal mode is 1.5 meters, in Macro Mode is about 9 inches. Auto focus is much faster in normal mode in comparison to Sigma 18-200 DG. There is some color aberration in high contrast scene, lets say: if you take a picture of sky in the woods you’ll notice blue fringing around trees. Portrait pictures are good, not fascinating, if to compare with Minolta 50mm f1.7, but good enough and sharp enough if person is withing a minimal focus distance (1.5 meters). Keep in mind, this is not a APO lens, so you not going to get great pictures in distinguished details. You may think about good colors but do not expect the same quality as you’d be expecting from prime lens. One more thing. I reviewed Minolta 35-105mm “beercan” – old type Minolta. This is the one which deserve an attention not a reshaped one. not a xi type. You not going to have any good from them.

  5. Ebay.com Mar 07, 2013

    I’ve got a good one here…. smiles. The cost of buying Sony or Zeiss lens for my A700 has become quite prohibitive and so I have reverted to looking at the Minolta (and indeed Konica-Minolta) lenses to perform the functions I need. In effecting an eBay search by “Minolta Maxxum” you will find a plethora of lenses to suit your Sony Alpha body.

    Being a Minolta-man from the days of film, I have the advantage of having used some of these lenses, back in the day.

    This particular lens I required for portraiture, more than anything else, and I am pleasantly surprised at how snappy the autofocus is……….. having shot images via AF and Manual I am very happy with its performance.

    Always annoying with Minolta though, is the size/thickness of the manual focus ring……… It is very, very thin and right at the lens-end of the unit… useable, Yes.. a little tricky?.. Yes. Just takes a bit of practice.

    So Yes, I am happy with this particular lens and the brief but random tests I have performed with it.

    As with all reviews, I offer caution that not all like-type lenses are the same………. lenses differ/ sellers differ. Always do your homework before making an offer….. clarify any grey areas by asking questions of the seller.

  6. Ebay.com Nov 02, 2012

    Solid lens that yields razor sharp photos, metal construction. Heard so much about the lens quality among users that I had to try this Minolta product even though it was made back in 1985. I am not disappointed. has an almost dimensional look to the images and the colors are just magnificent. it has a solid metal feel which adds weight but does not bother me by its results with my A35 camera. Sharp images and ability to do macro make it versatile. Only the 35 mm reach at wide angle does it seem limited in range. I use a 20-35 to make up for that. What it does it does well in most situations. More lenses should be made like the Minolta 35-105.

  7. Ebay.com Nov 05, 2010

    Konica Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Lens A Minolta classic to take seriously, the AF 35-105mm is a natural companion for a full-frame DSLR. It could be called the Secret Pinkyshake of the vintage 1985 era Maxxum zooms. IMHO, the Macro feature turns out to be the most functional of the beercan bunch, a crisp close-up range for casual portraits. It is impressive to see detail from a zoom that rivals a true macro. Could this walk-around zoom take full advantage of the Macro feature in AF mode? Much is commented regarding Pete Ganzel’s AF hack. The Minolta Maxxum AF35-105 weighs in at a fraction of its big brother, the venerated 28-135mm. Importantly, it retains much of the Handshake’s imaging luster, especially its very sharp focus. After indulging in random pixel peeking, edge sharpness looks quite good at several focal lengths. The colors are deep and wonderful, brilliant and contrasty. Several images of light hitting water and in and of out of focus reflections were examined at fit and full 1:1 screen resolutions. The bokeh produced from out of focus droplets is creamy in these images. Colors are given punch and objects sometimes suggest 3D. Having used this zoom for several weeks in preparation for an exhibit, it is significant to say that wide shots may require some distortion correction in PP. Minor adjustments of chromatic aberration in bright contrast are required. With Photoshop Lightroom 3 to tame it, the lens is perfect for my daily zoom purposes, a logical complement to the Minolta Maxxum AF28-135. I became so impressed by the performance of the first lens I bought that I decided to get a second one as a back-up. I have not yet gotten the nerve to attempt the Ganzel hack. For a walk-around zoom, I am beginning to prefer to use this lens over my AF28-135. The weight balance appears to be better suited for the Alpha 850, giving less shoulder and wrist fatigue with quite comparable results. For greater range, the logical pick is the Big Brother 28-135. Caveat: Beware of the distinction between this optic under review here and a newer version Minolta Maxxum lighter weight lens of the same focal length. The newer lens came to me from a NY supplier by mistake in white (a limited-production model). It was not satisfactory. I returned it. This same model in black is also rated in the zoom lens section of dyxum.com. Note the performance ratings are somewhat different between these two very unlike lenses. It can be difficult, but possible to distinguish between them in the ebay photos as they have distinctive rubber focus bands. The style of the rubber ring of the vintage lens is of tightly ribbed grips perpendicular to the mount. The style of the focus/zoom ring of the Minolta AF35-105N(New) is a wider, diagonal grip design. I hope this information is useful as I am seeing more of the newer design posted for auction than the much more prized lens under review here.

  8. Ebay.com Nov 22, 2015

    Kicsi, olcsó és jól használható Az árához képes nagyon jól teljesít az Sony Alpha 58-as masinán. Én többnyire eseményrögzítéshez használom, így bizony a kis helyeken nem éppen jó választás, de általános felhasználáshoz elfogadható. Sajnos mivel elforog a szűrője így például polár vagy változtatható ND szűrőt erős megkötésekkel lehet csak használni.
    Viszont fényereje egy fokkal jobb, mint a DT 3.5-5.6 / 18-55 SAM II kit objektív.
    Könnyen kezelhető, új állapota miatt egy kicsit még szorul a zoom funkció, de ez majd idővel változik.

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