Minolta AF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

(9 customer reviews)

This camera glass has a range of focal length from 35mm to 70mm with a maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. It is suitable for general photography, portraits, and landscapes. The photographic lens has multiple lens elements that help to reduce chromatic aberration and distortion. The lens coating helps to reduce flare and ghosting. The build quality of this glass is decent and it was manufactured in the past. The resolution of the lens is good for its price range. The bokeh or out of focus areas of the photo lens is decent but not exceptional. The autofocus feature works well but it also has a manual focus option. Overall, this glass is a good option for those who want a mid-range zoom lens for their camera. However, there are alternatives available in the market with better features and quality but they may come at a higher price.

– The lens is sharp and produces very good image quality.
– It’s a versatile focal length range, good for both portraits and wide shots.
– Its compact size and lightweight design make it easy to carry around.
– The lens responds quickly and quietly to autofocus commands, making it a great option for shooting in quiet environments.

– The lens is not great in low light situations and may struggle with focus in dim lighting.
– The build quality could be better, as it feels somewhat cheap and plasticky.
– The lens has a tendency to flare when shooting towards a bright light source, which can be frustrating.

Overall, I would recommend the Minolta AF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 camera lens for those who want a good-quality, affordable lens that is easy to use and transport. While it does have some limitations, such as its poor performance in low light and occasional flaring, it is still a solid option for everyday photography.

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

69 mm long, this small lens should be always in the camera bag. Weights 220 grams so consider putting to your camera bag. With a lens filter diameter of 49 mm commonly filter size, provides a range of filter options.

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9 reviews for Minolta AF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

  1. allphotolenses.com

    6.0 allphotolenses.com user rated as 4.13/5

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    Ebay.com rated as 4.64/5

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    59 dyxum.com user rated as 4.18/5

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    16 lens-club.ru user rated as 4.04/5

  5. Ebay.com Feb 24, 2009

    Lightweight performer for every camera bag There are zooms and zooms and zooms. The 35~70 mm Rokkor is a minor leaguer among Rokkor zoom lenses in terms of optics and design, but it a wonderful fill-in for every camera bag. It is extremely lightweight: I use it as a companion to a more exotic Rokkor 24~35 mm zoom, but it also makes a perfect companion to a 50 mm or 45 mm, with extender. You can pack a lot of “firepower” around all day long, with a lightweight zoom in this range, a sharp small lens, in a medium or small camera bag — leaving loads of room for film. You might want to consider it as a basic lens: it covers the range from landscape to a portrait length [sorta, almost], and kicked up with any old 2x extender will give you a surprising number of options. But if you hike, backpack, bike, or do any outdoors things,even goof off at farmer’s markets Saturday morning, you can get away with this as your one lens, though, as I mentioned, I would add a 2x extender and a circular polarizing filter [the one with the little lever on the ring if you can find one. You fingers will thank you: they are about 10 times easier to use than the other kind.] These are extremely well priced because they are ordinary among Minolta lens, basically a kit lens that still shares a rich design tradition with its more exotic [and pricey] kin.

  6. Ebay.com May 09, 2014

    don’t sure I need it, but it is more value then money I spent Well, I bought this lens because it is extremely cheap, and I heard it is good enough, not as good as /4 , but lighter.
    So I bought even 2 of them- one as present to my father , one to use it on my A58.
    Pictures I get from it are good , sometimes even better then from sal35f18, and I definitely like them more then from 18-55 kit.
    Don’t sure how I’ll use it- I guess it is OK as street lens, not wide enough for landscapes, but better suited , because of zoom, for street portraits then primes.

  7. Ebay.com May 03, 2007

    A Good Choice, If You Can Find A Good One This Minolta classic is a good choice, if you’re looking for this particular range of coverage. Good classic Minolta optics. Finding one may be a problem, though – as it wasn’t the most popular choice when in production, and I see very few show up on the Used market in decent condition.

    A viable alternative would be the later (and lighter) 35-80 design – a fine ‘kit’ lens which is in more plentiful supply.

    Other later ‘kit’ grade variants include a 28-80 and 28-100 – both of which exhibit a problem with vignetting (shadowing) of the corners at 28mm (on film cameras), but that disappears when they are used from 35mm on up. Used on the Sony Alpha 100 Digital, the problem disappears altogether, because the camera works with less than the full image circle of the lens (the ‘1.5x crop factor’).

  8. Ebay.com Feb 01, 2016

    Put this lens on your Minolta/Sony camera and screw it down. For 98% of photos. Very useful little lens. It will do a great job in most any situation. You may just sell your other lenses.

  9. Ebay.com Apr 06, 2016

    Good Lens Good sharp easy handling lens.

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