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

reviewer#1256 date: Oct-1-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Kitlens
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
price paid:
positive:Very good allround zoom
Actually quite sharp even wide open
negative:Not good to use if the light is so low, that you'll have to focus manually.
comment:This is an underrated lens!
I've owned this one since 1992, when I bought it for my 7xi.
Nowadays I find myself using it more and more often as my walk-around lens - and the results are very satisfying. Give it a try - it's cheap.
Motorzoom is ok - motorfocus is not, but AF is ok, so you'll probably not have to use MF.
Edit 11/07: Very fine on the A700 too. Fast focus - good for portraits too.

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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