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Minolta Maxxum AF 35-70mm f/4 for Minolta Maxxum Dynax SLR/DSLR cameras and Sony Alpha A-mount DSLR cameras

3.6 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • max. aperture: 4; min. aperture: 22
  • focal range: 35 - 70 mm
  • filter diameter: 49, front mm
  • minimum focus distance: 1000 (303 macro switch) mm
  • filter rotate when focusing: Yes; filter rotate when zooming: No
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Product Description

The Minolta AF 35-70mm F/4 was extremely popular with Maxxum film camera users, and sold like hotcakes in the mid-to-late 1980s. This particular lens was purchased in 1985, along with the Maxxum 7000 film camera. It was a "kit" lens. Made in Japan. Many people claim this was one of the very first lenses that used a "hybrid" aspherical element, meaning plastic and glass permanently bonded together, instead of an all glass aspherical element, which was very expensive back in the day. This wide telephoto zoom is very short and light, even when extended out. It also extends fully at the wide end, 35mm which is a bit unusual, most lenses are just the opposite. It has a constant fast aperture of F/4. Currently, Sony has no equivalent lens. It has a focus distance window along with three red infra-red focus index marks at 70mm, 50mm, and 35mm, you don't see this much anymore. The EXIF data matches up with the focal length marks, which come at 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm. Increments are 5mm apart in the data, but 65mm is missing, that's the way it is. I can't find any info about "ED" elements or special coatings used. The lens is multi-coated and has the typical older-style magenta cast. Auto-focusing is quick and accurate. When you turn the camera on after mounting the lens you hear a "slap" which is the camera focus motor tugging through screws at the lens to ensure a proper coupling. Manual focusing takes just over 1/4 turn from Close-in to infinity, with almost no slop. The Minolta AF 35-70mm F/4 has a macro switch. It's located on the left side of the barrel, (see images above).

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Product Dimensions 6.2 x 6.1 x 4.5 inches
Item Weight 3.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds
ASIN B004SOM2U0
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3.6 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #65 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Film SLR Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com March 18, 2011

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The Minolta AF 35-70 /f4 is as sharp as a tack. Sharpness holds from one end of the zoom range to the other. Colors are true with only minor color fringing at the edges at f4. You have to do a 100% crop to see the finging. The focal range is perfect for around the house shooting the kids or pets.

A great product.
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I bought this lens used to replace an Ozunon 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens that did not give me the colors I was looking for. Never realized it until I started buying used Minolta lenses.

Colors are sharp and true, nice macro function. Sony users I would recommend getting this gem.
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It is an older un-coated lens so in some conditions it doesn't perform as well as modern lenses do. Specifically with strong light coming from the front the images is a bit flat.
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