|Minolta Maxxum AF 35-70mm 3.5-4.5 Lens for Sony 35-70 mm|
|Minolta AF 35-70mm F/3.5-4.5 Lens|
Baker City, OR, USA
|The Minolta autofocus lens system is one of the world's most complete lens systems, covering every kind of lens from wide-angle, telephoto, and wide-range zooms to large-aperture, reflex, and soft focus types. Only Minolta AF lenses are expressly made to link perfectly with your Minolta AF SLR. Every AF lens locks into your Minolta camera to form an integrated unit that allows focus and exposure data to flow from the lens' read-only memory (ROM) integrated circuit to the camera's central processing unit.Each AF lens is a product of Minolta's advanced computer-assisted optical design. Minolta is one of the few camera makers who insist on making Minolta's own optical glass. The uncompromising quality control in every aspect of the lens-making craft assures you of the finest performance. If you're ready to dramatically expand your photography, experience the Minolta AF lens system. Minolta is one of the few major camera manufacturers in the world who make their very own lenses. When used with manual-focusing Minolta X-Series SLR cameras, these lenses offer unmatched accuracy, color rendition, and performance. Minolta manufacturers each lens, including the optical glass, with the utmost dedication to quality and precision. Scores of painstaking procedures are performed, in addition to continuous inspections at every step of production. A full selection of lenses is available, including wide angle, standard, telephoto, macro, and zoom models.|
|Type||Telephoto, Wide Angle|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||35-70mm|
Average review score based on 8 user reviews
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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').
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.
I actually bought this lens as part of a package of three lenses. It works just fine but the lens I actually bought the package for was the 20mm wide angle lens.
I bought mine for 17 dollars and works great with my Sony A580 DSLR. Any flaws the lens has, will not be seen with the way the Sony camera layers the pics. The colors and sharpness look great as well. It's nearly as nice as the 50mm F1.7 Minolta lens.