Minolta AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens review by Bahudda

reviewer#10112 date: Apr-12-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-50mm f4.0
35-70mm f4.0
35-105mm f3.5-4.5 Original
28-70mm f3.8 Tokina
24-70mm f2.8 SSM ZA
price paid:
Color (is pastle like)
Bokeh (at the long end)
negative:Very neutral drawing style
comment:I bought this lens and the 24-50mm f4.0. Remarkably, the color from both lenses are all but identical. Between them the 24-50 has the most charm. There are lenses that are on the fringe of the 35mm f1.4 G in terms of character/drawing style and both of these lenses are that. But! The 24-50 has more character more umph! The 28-105 gives plain vanilla images. I know I cannot explain it but I was expecting something akin to the 28-135 in drawing style and this lens does not deliver. I may have gotten a bad sample?

Update (on A850): After much consideration and further review I have changed my opinion of this lens. I am glad I bought this lens. See lens samples for the reason why.

2nd Update (on A99): Both this and the 24-50mm have charmed their way into my heart. The 28-105 has turned out to be among my most satisfying lenses. It just works! In some ways I like better than the 24-70 ZA. I recommend this lens to any fortunate enough to find one (at a good price of course)!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 45
  • sharpness: 4.54
  • color: 4.76
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.27
  • overall: 4.55
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