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

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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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.

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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