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

reviewer#38867 date: May-23-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8. Minolta and Sony ( I have owned both ) 24-105mm. Konica / Minolta 28-70mm f2.8. and all the other Sony / Minolta kit lenses that I have owned. That's just about all of them.
price paid:£81.00 used
positive:Small, light and sharp. Great colours and good contrast.
negative:The hood is rather lightweight.
comment:I needed to pick up a small zoom lens to go on the a99Mk2 for traveling with. I found this mint example in the Netherlands.
For what it is, this lens is simply brilliant on the a99Mk2. I genuinely thought the resolution would let the camera down but it doesn't. Funny, I have owned all the others over the years but somehow managed to sidestep the 28-105.
Thoroughly recommended general purpose lens. Sharp, contrasty, works wide open, though not very wide, and operates smoothly, which other variants don't.

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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