Minolta AF 28-100mm F3.5-5.6 D A-mount lens review by PhotoTraveler

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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:100-300 APO D,
price paid:
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 3.60
  • color: 4.14
  • build: 2.86
  • distortion: 3.81
  • flare control: 3.48
  • overall: 3.58
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