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

reviewer#9884 date: Feb-4-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 lens
price paid:
positive:Very sharp from maximum apertures, great Minolta colors!
negative:a bit heavier and chunkier compared to Minolta 24-105 lens, despite shorter range.

The RS version is quite hard to find.
comment:First impression. I was very surprised this lens weighs more in my hand compared to Minolta 24-105mm lens despite its shorter range. And it's bigger in comparison to 24-105 too. That could mean bigger pieces of glasses and solid gears used inside this lens compared to 24-105mm.

Picture quality also agrees with that. I compared images taken with 28-105RS and 24-105mm and the 28-105RS outshines, especially in colors. Pictures taken with 28-105RS tend to be more alive and have more dimensions with beautiful colors. The 24-105 lens isn't bad, actually very good in its class, but 28-105RS renders more pleasing images and is more true to Minolta heritage rendition.

Sharpness is surprisingly great from corner to corner especially with APSC sensor on my Sony A55.

If I do not need that extra 4mm wide range of 24-105, I'd take 28-105 RS with me. The only problem is the 28-105 RS is heavier and chunkier that doesn't balance well with a light A55 body.

See my photos with Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5 RS and Minolta 24-105 f3.5-4.5 on my Flickr collection at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeispixels/collections/72157628204412995/

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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