Minolta AF 28-105mm xi F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by dA100vor

reviewer#1888 date: Feb-24-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:havent got anything else to compare to on this camera
price paid:265AUD (used)
positive:- Decently sharp at least past 5.6
- No zoom creep
- Definitely a portrait lens
negative:- Not so good in low light
- Manual focus is useless for anything moving
- focusing distance 0.5m
comment:(some background info) I didnt want to get the kit lens as I was told that my order for the tamron 17-50 will arrive around the same time that I expected the A100 body. Which it didnt so I found this lens for a ok price.

When I firstly tried the lens I found that it loves taking portrait shots. 9/10 portraits Ive taken came out perfect and for that Im glad I have this lens.

The lens itself seems to be of solid build, the zoom motor can be noisy and sometimes when zooming very slowly there are grinding noises! :/ Overall the powerzoom isnt that bad.

Manual zoom is ok, sometimes a bit too hard to get going from 28.
What Ive found is that the manual focus (which is on the same ring except once the ring is pulled back some 1/2 cm) is very slow to use and also can freeze the camera functions if left in manual focusing mode. eg. menu modes, or function mode rotating the dial or trying to select anything.

Overall its a decent portrait lens and the power zoom isnt such a bad thing either.

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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