Minolta AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens review by 9000AF

reviewer#5997 date: Sep-7-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Minolta 24-105mm f3.5-4.5
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
price paid:250 USD (new 1997)
positive:+ solid build quality
+ sharp stopped down, slightly soft at the long end
+ distortion well controlled
+ fast AF
+ compact
negative:- not very wide for APS-C
comment:I bought this lens in 1997 with my 600si and have used it on the A200 after selling the kit lens. I thought I would sell it after getting the 28-75mm, but kept it for the extra range and slightly smaller size in addition to the 28-75. I take this if I only want to carry 1 lens. I still use it on the A700. Compared to this the 24-105 feels cheap and does not produce better results. I sold the 24-105.
I love the colors and the solid feel of this lens.
Update: After selling this lens I picked up another one recently. It feels very good on the A55 and delivers the same IQ as my first example.

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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