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

reviewer#8441 date: Dec-22-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Sigma - 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC
Sony - AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6
Sony - AF DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3
price paid:175 USD ( USED )
At tele end is still 4.5 that is very respectable.
Range 28-105 very useful for traveling.
Does not rotate that gives attaching CPL filters a breeze
Focusing much much quiter than sonys sam models.
Zoom does not creep.
Nice minolta colors.
negative:Flare only with certain filters.
Focus not as fast as Sigma HSM nor Sony SSM.
28mm might not be wide enough on C sensors
comment:Is a very comfortable walk about or traveling lens. Not too heavy and F3.5-4.5 pretty fast lens.

Pretty sharp at all focal length. But 28mm is not too wide when couple with APS C sensors but just take a few steps back and we will still get the picture. On my full frame A900 28 is not a problem.

Lens did flare when I attached a cheap filter. Tried with a hoya super thin and is much much better. Hey even the much expensive CZ 24-70 flares.

This RS version do produce much better boken due to the round blades as compared to the non RS version.

Focusing is pretty fast and silent much much better than the sony sam models.

Love the color it produces. Is the clasic minolta color.

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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