Minolta AF 28-105mm xi F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by christianv

reviewer#11679 date: Feb-5-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony kit 18-55 : way better
Minolta 35-70 3.5/4.5 : i think the 35-70 is a bit better and certainly easier to use
price paid:50 Euros
positive:great image quality
negative:manual focus is complicated and slow ( motorised )
Took me a while to figure out how it works.
Gets out of focus while zooming in automatic mode
comment:Much better than the kit 18-55 mm - no comparaison as far as image quality is concerned.
I would not recommend this lens for filming wildlife though, unless you use it in perfect light conditions.
Otherwise, the manual focus is just too complicated ( if you want to follow a flock of birds for instance ).
So, i'd say excellent as an all-rounder for shooting pics and just ok for video in broad daylight at a steady range.
And don't use the zoom while filming because focus just stops ( i mean it it's completely out of focus) for as long as you activate the zoom )

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 33
  • sharpness: 4.17
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 4.15
  • distortion: 3.97
  • flare control: 3.76
  • overall: 4.08
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