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

reviewer#1489 date: Nov-28-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Kit 18-70, 28-80 3.5-5.6, 28-80 4-5.6 Xi, 35-105 3.5-4.5 Macro, Quantaray 28-80 3.5-5.6
price paid:
positive:Images are sharp and colors pleasing. I still say auto-zoom is not a bad thing. Hefty build.
negative:Need to stop down to 4.5 at the wide end and 5.6 at the long end.
comment:I think this is a nice lens. The build quality is good, or at least it's heavy probably because of the AZ motor so it feels like it's built to last. Compared to the 28-80's this might be a more useful range to compliment a kit 18-70, or if you don't have the kit and don't see the need for a wide angle lens.

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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