Minolta AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens review by lifeispixels
|lifeispixels#9884 date: Feb-4-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 24-105mm lens|
|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/