Minolta AF 28-100mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 17   
reviewer#11784 date: Apr-22-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55mm DT SAM II
Sony 55-200mm DT SAM
Tamron 28-200mm Aspheric
Minolta 75-300mm
Etc.
price paid:49UKP with Dynax 4
positive:Short, lightweight walk-around lens
Cheap and full-frame compatible
Good colours.
negative:Flare and veiling not as well controlled as later Sony.
Not really wide enough.
comment:Quite a good walk-around lens on a film SLR, though on a crop-sensor SLT 28mm isn't really very wide. On many lenses of the film era flare control and veiling are not up to modern standards, but this one seems better than most, and gives quite acceptable results if reasonable care is taken over lighting - certainly a huge amount better than the Tamron 28-200 Aspheric. The Minolta IQ is good with moderate cropping, though to be honest I'm not sure the extra range over the kit 18-55mm lens is worthwhile given how good the digital zoom is; but if you fancy a change it is worth the money s/h, and of course it is usable on FF - if you still like to use film occasionally it is a good choice for that (unless you're taking professional slides and have some good prime lenses, in which case you won't be interested!).
Interestingly, the lens hood for this lens has the same fit as the ALC SH-108 hood from the Sony 18-55 DT and the Minolta 75-300mm. On a crop-sensor camera the much larger 75-300mm hood keeps sun and sky light away well and doesn't vignette (though it does, naturally, on FF).
reviewer#11188 date: Jun-9-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70
minolta 28-80 3.5-56
price paid:
missing
positive:light and compact
excellent with film
negative:nothing at all
comment:This lens came as a kit with the minolta dynax 5 I bought for my partner, which she uses mostly for monochrome (It was new at the time - I can't recall how much it cost but's it's still going strong - touch wood!!). She has some excellent enlargements from this lens. I've also used it with colour film on my Dynax 7 and I'm pretty impressed.

Of course I was curious to see how it performed on the A77. I spent a day using it in good sunlight, handheld and with the camera set to JPEG and with the camera's distortion and vignetting correction on. I guess this is the way to get the best from a kit lens. Others with more technical knowledge than mine can check it out with tripods and RAW if they feel like it!

Clearly this lens was designed in the film era with film i mind. It won't satisfy any pixel peepers. It's much harder to handhold and get good sharp images on digital, but when it works it is pretty good. I like the colour rendition. I suspect you'd have to spend a whole lot more money to get better results than you can achieve with this lens, given the price you're likely to pay for it today.

Edit/update: I didn't get my Sony A850 with this lens in mind. However, since it's available to use I checked it out. Vignetting is very prominent at 28mm/f3.5, still noticeable at f5.6 but gone by f8. It's pretty sharp at 100mm/f5.6. Minolta colours look good. The combination is considerably lighter than the A77/VC/16-50mm f2.8 and might get another run out for less demanding applications, like say, a family party.
reviewer#8163 date: Oct-31-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 28-135mm
min Big beercan
Sig 24-135mm
Min 50mm 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap
light weight
fast AF
OK bokeh
negative:Flat at times
comment:I found this lens much better that the Sony 18-70mm kit lens, with good results indoors with or without a flash. The color is good but gets washed out in bright light. I've had better results in the shade or indoors.
I've had worse lenses that have been rated a lot higher in this forum. One really good thing is that if it gets broken it's no big deal! I got this lens at a flea market with a couple other lenses for next to nothing. I'm keeping it and using it. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would!

2/5/11: I recently tried to use this lens while shooting outside in the snow on a cloudy day. About 1/8th of the pictures were washed out and unusable, 1/4 were barely acceptable, and 1/2 were acceptable, and the other 1/8 were good. Not very good odds! But, in defense, I did say earlier that the lens was horrible in bright light and there is not much brighter conditions than new snow.
2/20/11 I fixed all but 3 photos in PS and they came out very well, clear, sharp, and good color.
reviewer#7058 date: Mar-11-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85
DT Sony 18-55
price paid:300 RMB
positive:cheap,light,so...even when it gets trouble,you heart may not get trouble...
easy to control,slight distortion
negative:Not a good len in my mind...I only own this len for 1 month,and I sold it
comment:Not a good choice...I don't recommend...
ONLY advance...cheap,meybe good for a new guy~
reviewer#6452 date: Nov-24-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-200, Sony 18-70
price paid:
missing
positive:-Decent range
negative:-Not a good lens
-Poor build, sharpness, contrast, and not particularly fast either
comment:I bought my a200 off craigslist and the guy I bought it from threw this in with it. I sold it for whatever I could get for it (it wasn't much)

Sharpness was noticeably lacking, and colors were underwhelming at best.
reviewer#4501 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta A200 / 28-200
Konica Minolta 18-70 f/3.5-5.6
Minolta 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 17-35 f/3.5 G
Minolta 28-70 f/2.8 G
price paid:€ 30 (used)
positive:Usable range
Cheap
Lightweight
Full frame
Fast enough focus
negative:Stop down from f/5.6
Medium to low build quality
Slight flattening of image
28mm too long on APS-C
comment:Bought this lens before i had an SLR (March 2008) in case i'd found a body without lens - so for testing. The lens is similar to the 18-70 kitlens, little longer range. It is very slightly softer than the kitlens up to f/5.6.
The sharpness rating i gave (according to Guidelines) is from f/5.6. Bigger apertures gives a softer image. For starters not a bad lens but there is no magic. In some situations not bad at all, sometimes you have to look twice in comparisons with the mentioned lenses - especially if you shoot outdoors with enough light.
Once i had the body i bought the 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 which gives better sharpness, colors and build.
Compared to better lenses, flattens the image, very slightly dull colors, but you have to see photo's next to eachother to notice.
Still way better than photo's made with a bridge camera like the Konica Minolta A200.
Mind you this is a full frame lens, but i don't think many 850/900 owners will need it! For APS-C there are many better alternatives like Sony 16-80, 16-105, 18-55 SAM.
reviewer#4366 date: Nov-12-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85 new
Sony 18-70 kit
price paid:
missing
positive:Good colors
Cheap
Light weight
negative:Plastic
Bad bokeh
Soft at wide open
comment:Very good picture quality for "free" kit lens for film at f/8.
reviewer#4222 date: Oct-12-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 35-80
Cosina 19-35
Sigma 24 2,8
Sigma 28-80
Sigma 70-210
Sigma 400 5,6
price paid:49 €
positive:range
price
weight
colors and bokeh - still minolta!
ADI for flash
negative:bit soft wide open
bit soft at long end
plastic all in all
comment:Got it for 49 Euro, read the reviews afterwards, then got sad to have paid too much and that I got only a cheap old kit lens.

On the contrary - I must admit, I am absolutely happy with it. Got a copy in mint condition, as new. The sharpness is OK, the colors and bokeh are absolutely Minolta!

As someone else said, this lens does not deserve the bashing.

It is completely fine for a walkaround - travel lens, light, good range, decent pictures produced.
reviewer#3481 date: Apr-19-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 28-105 xi F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:Kit of Camera
positive:Cheap
Light weight
"D"
negative:Cheap feel
Plastic mount
comment:This lens came with my Dynax 60 Date. I think it is great lens for the price. Now you can pay for it around from 25 to 35 EUR on Ebay.
reviewer#3433 date: Apr-6-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:90 USD (new)
positive:Inexpensive.
Quite sharp when stopped down.
negative:Soft at f/5.6, especially at 100mm, but that is to be expected.
comment:It would be silly to compare this lens with the CZ or equivalent. It is an inexpensive lens, ideal for someone on a budget, or for someone trying his/her hand at photography, and doesn't want to blow $500 on a lens. I have made 12x18's using this lens at the wide end stopped down to at least f8, so I am not going to bash it. It is very usable at the tele end too when stopped down a little.
reviewer#3368 date: Mar-17-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$30.00
positive:Light
good carry around lens
Sharp enough for a everyday lens
negative:Not much for a kit lens or how cheap you can buy them
Color
comment:I can't believe how much this lens has been bashed here! I think it's a great lens for the price.I bought this lens to resell and ended up loving it. If I'm at home, this lens is on my camera!It couldn't be a better walk around lens. It's light weight,it takes sharp clean and clear pictures. Yes I would not take this lens to anything important(like a wedding) But I have some great shots from around the house with it and at the zoo also. I walked around with this lens on all day and didn't feel it on my neck. most of my lenses are very heavy and you know there there after a few minutes around your neck. Again if you don't have enough $ to buy a great lens this is a good starter lens and if it werent for it being silver (it looks a little goofy on a black body) I would never sell this lens. Not a bad lens to take to a kids outing (if it was smashed it wouldn't make a difference) It's cheap!
reviewer#1824 date: Feb-12-2007
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 2
flare control: 2
overall: 2.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm f/1.7
Lenses on other systems I've tried.
price paid:Came with camera.
positive:Came effectively free with the camera. Better than a body cap. Has, at least, some tele reach for a kit lens. Light.
negative:Poor match to an APS-C sensor. Severe barrel distortion at wide end. Prone to flare. (Lack of) build quality.
comment:It's not the worst lens in the world, but it's not good either. At least with the 7D's crop factor, we're just getting the center quality, not edges - but even then, barrel distortion at the 28mm end is more than it should be, flare is a problem, the supplied hood is more use as an extension of the focus ring than for any light-shielding properties, and the inner barrel wobbles.

On the plus side, it weighs nothing, came effectively for free, and gives some nice telephoto reach for a kit lens.
reviewer#1174 date: Sep-6-2006
sharpness: 2
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:minolta "Beercan" 70-210 f4
minolta 35-70 f4
Tamron 28-200 f3.8-5.6 XR Di
price paid:
missing
positive:cheap cheap cheap or free
negative:crappy lens in every way.
Might be good to put on a old (analog) body and give it to your kids to play around with
comment:problem is that anyone who knows at least one bit about minolta will ask you money to accept this lens....
reviewer#787 date: May-15-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4
Minolta 18-70/3.5-5.6(D)
Minolta 35-70/4
Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 90/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Inexpensive, light
negative:Cheaply built, missing details, distortions
comment:Sharpness okay compared to other inexpensive lenses (at least stopped down), but details are always missing. Barrel distortion. Since a kit costs as much as a camera body alone, it´s extremely good value for money - you get it for free. But you´ll soon find yourself looking for better lenses.
reviewer#597 date: Mar-20-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:cheap,light weight
negative:not enough wide, plastic feel
comment:Got it as a kit lens,ok for the start but quickly i wanted to sell the lens. it's not enugh wide, great for punk concerts as Arny wrote. manual focus ring too small but in combination with hood it's great because you can manual focus by turning the hood .
reviewer#167 date: Oct-24-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:100-300 APO D,
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, makes for a good first lens if all your looking for is something cheap to show up at your door with the camera.
negative:Its a cheap lens, plastic mount, only goes 28 on the wide which kills you on a crop camera
comment:Well, I got this with my camera since I had no AF lenses. So it was cheap and would get me going. Also there is a real problem for lenses in this range. Also anything else gets more expensive which isn't very appealing for ones first lens especially if your spending 1100 bucks on the camera at the same time.

Its range is a problem. The 100 end is fine, but 28 is just not wide enough on a 1.5 crop camera. So you will be wanting a wider lens.

Its also a very cheaply built lens as one would expect for the price. It has a plastic mount, and weights nothing.

But in the end its not bad if your just looking for a starter lens, or need a beater lens.



reviewer#31 date: Dec-23-2004
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:my nephews Lego toys, the Lego won in the fun department.
price paid:
missing
positive:got it free when I bought a dynax 60 for my wife
negative:cheap plastic feel. Manualfocus ring is really to small. I only use this lens to shoot punkconcerts, it doesn't matter if the lens is broken by stagedivers.
comment:crap!
reviews found: 17   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 3.62
  • color: 4.18
  • build: 2.88
  • distortion: 3.82
  • flare control: 3.41
  • overall: 3.58

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