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

reviewer#4585 date: Dec-27-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50
price paid:19 USD
positive:Good color, sharp when stopped down a bit.
negative:Power zoom could be a plus or a minus.
comment:I wasn't too impressed until I made a point of stopping it down a bit. I think it has a pleasant look.

Bokeh is not too smooth, but I like the interesting look.

I did not do detailed comparison tests, just viewing photos subjectively. There seems to be plenty of detail, particularly stepped down (say, from f5.6 to f8), but for sheer image quality, I feel like I'm better off with the Tamron (which not only is more sharp, but at a faster aperture). I feel like I shouldn't like the 28-105xi, but it doesn't seem so bad. It's sharp enough to see individual hairs and eyelashes, so I don't know what I'd need with more sharpness.

Today, I took a number of photos at f6.3, and am pleased. Looks good even at the edges at 105mm.

On a budget, not only could you do a lot worse, I submit you could not do better for $19.

[update] The lens is worse at 28mm, but I'm pretty happy with it at the longer focal lengths. At f8, I've gotten really pleasant results (if imperfect), even at wider angles. As they say, a lot of cheap lenses look good at f8....

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 32
  • sharpness: 4.16
  • color: 4.34
  • build: 4.16
  • distortion: 3.97
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 4.07
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