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

reviewer#3013 date: Nov-30-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 35-70
Minolta 28-85
price paid:
positive:Good Build Quality
Reasonable Sharpness
Good Color
Auto Zoom feature is effective for quick shots.
Good Value for features.
negative:Manual Focus is clumsy and inexact.
A bit large and thick.
May deplete battery quicker.
Rubber rings seem to fade and get chalky.
comment:I have switched back and forth between this 28-105 xi lens and the others noted above for everyday use This lens is actually one that came with my old Minolta 7xi, and it's usefulness on my A-100 Sony is a pleasant surprise (if I did not have one I would snag one on Ebay, since they sell at bargain prices). The sharpness is good, color seems nice, and overall quality of the lens is quite decent and omparable to most older Minolta lenses. I am one who actually loves the Xi power zoom feature for quick composition and ease of use. There are detractors who do not like the Xi lenses and power zoom, but I think that they are fun and useful.

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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