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

reviewer#8884 date: Apr-7-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:28-135mm
28-80mm
100mm f2
Tamron 28-75 f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:colour
sharp
cheap
non rotating front element
bokeh good for zoom
negative:mine has some zoom creep
kit lens build feel
comment:This is a good lens, I purchased it to replace my 28-135mm that I am selling to fund another project. First impressions are that this will be close to the performance of the 28-135. It has the good minolta colour that produce vibrant photographs, has a circular aperture which can come in handy for portraits etc. Not sure about the build quality, but I actually have no problems with plastic lenses.

There's noticablly more flare compared to the 28-75 Tamron I own, but the 28-135mm is no better.

Sharp wide open (without being razor sharp).

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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