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

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

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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