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Archive 2013 · Ode to a lens - Minolta 35-70/3.5 Macro
  
 
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p.7 #1 · p.7 #1 · Ode to a lens - Minolta 35-70/3.5 Macro


Just a quick comment on this lens compared to the Zeiss 35-70mm. i'm more a landscape user with those, so I tested them closed down. They are both very very impressive around F8. Matching if not surpassing some primes. And surely competing with all the most expensive 28-70mm F2.8 at >2000.

The Zeiss is a bit better at 35mm, while the Minolta is a bit better at 70mm. I'm talking purely about sharpness here. At F8, both them can be considered as sharp, corner to corner, all focal lengths, on a full frame sensor. Razor sharp in most cases. Then about the quality of the bokeh, micro contrast, colors, CA, flare, character, I didn't test them side by side. The Minolta is maybe more prone to flare, without the same character as the Zeiss, but in any case, it's an amazing value for the money. You can't go wrong with this lens if you are looking for a lightweight small lens for landscape photos.



Sep 15, 2017 at 07:58 AM
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p.7 #2 · p.7 #2 · Ode to a lens - Minolta 35-70/3.5 Macro


timballic wrote:
I have both, and use on A7.
The C/Y really is top dog, optics wise.
However, the C/Y feels awkward, as it's a trumpet style zoom, and heavier, but the results are unsurpassed. (On my 5DII it felt very well balanced)
The MD feels a lot better on the A7, being lighter and two ring control, but the corners at the wide end aren't brilliant. That said, the MD is the next best 35-70mm to the C/Y that I've found.
I haven't tried the Leica, (the F/4 version) which some people say is very close to the C/Y. (The F/3.5 version is an
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I have the Leica 35-70/4 that I like a lot.
It works well with the TechArt Pro (TAP) autofocus adapter on the Sony A7rII.
Haven't tried it yet on the a6300 or the A9.


I looked through this thread and found the following lenses (including some typos) mentioned:

Minolta 35-70/3.5 macro,
Rokkor 35-70/3.5 (not macro but same optical construction),
C/Y 35-70,
Minolta AF 35-70mm f4 macro,
Kalimar (Korean) 28-70/f3.5 macro,
Zeiss 4/24-70,
Zuiko 35-70/3.6,
Rokkor (macro version),
Contax 35-70/3.4,
Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro,
Mino 28-135mm f4-4.5,
Canon nFD 35-70mm f4,
Minolta MD Zoom 35-70 Macro f/3.5,
Zeiss Contax 35-79 C/Y,
Leica, (the F/4 version),
CY 35-70 3.4,
Leica 35-70/4

That's quite a variety, though some lenses are referred to with slightly different names.
So, maybe it's fine if I add a few pictures taken with the Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70/4 Macro.
https://photos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-by-Date/2015-11-03-A7r235-704-Vario/i-tmfXcr8/1/0466237b/O/_DSC5727_C1_360_0.4_0.8_3840x2160_1988x1118.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-by-Date/2015-11-03-A7r235-704-Vario/i-rwfvnNZ/1/d866efd8/O/_DSC5715_C1_360_0.4_0.8_3840x2160_1988x1118.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-by-Date/2015-11-12-A7r235-704-Vario/i-HxCftvJ/0/aeded6c8/O/_DSC6355_C1_2177x1633_1988x1491.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-by-Date/2017-06-17-A935-7040-Vario-Elmar-RTAP-LM-EA7-FW05/i-5Ch2txM/1/e5763537/O/_DSC8428%20HIF%2070mm%20f4%20TAP_2600x1463.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-by-Date/2017-06-17-A935-7040-Vario-Elmar-RTAP-LM-EA7-FW05/i-fRsGPrJ/0/b7c5947f/O/_DSC8137%20Clematis_4000x4000_1988x1988.jpg

K-H.


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Sep 15, 2017 at 08:45 AM
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p.7 #3 · p.7 #3 · Ode to a lens - Minolta 35-70/3.5 Macro


Definitely one of my favorite lenses (adapted or native).


iron bloom by kevin dixey, on Flickr


dlion by kevin dixey, on Flickr


The Prisoner by kevin dixey, on Flickr


Oh Canada! by kevin dixey, on Flickr


Games by kevin dixey, on Flickr

...and while I love it for it's close-up ability it is certainly capable from further away.


Warehouse by kevin dixey, on Flickr




Sep 15, 2017 at 03:48 PM
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