The Minolta MD Zoom 35-70 mm f/3.5 is the faster alternative to the low-budget 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.8 kit zoom. There are three revisions of the f/3.5 and this copy belongs to the second one. The first version features different optics and the third is the only one having a dedicated macro function.
The lens is about the weight of an MC Rokkor-PG 50 f/1.4. The focus is smooth and offers little resistance. The zoom feels a little scratchy. Handling on a NEX-5T is good and the zoom ring is a little easier to operate than on SR mount cameras, as the adapter to E mount gives more room to position your hand. Opposed to the first version of the f/3.5, this copy does not have a rubberized zoom grip, though. The 53 – 107 mm equivalent focal length comes in very handy in a number of situations.
For further details on the lens like weight and dimensions, have a look at its entry in the Minolta SR mount lens database.
Condition of my copy
Optics: Very good. Very light scratches in the coating from cleaning. Some isolated dust particles.
Mechanics: Acceptable. Uniform focus with little resistance but some mechanical play of the focus ring towards the mount. Minimally scratchy zoom, aperture clean and fast.
Exterior: Very good. Minimal scratches in the finishing and on the mount, otherwise perfect.
Author Benjamin Gövert owner of vintagelensreviews.com