Minolta AF 28-105mm xi F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by emanon256

reviewer#9423 date: Sep-15-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY 18-55
Tamron 18-200
price paid:120 Used
positive:Good range
Very sturdy
Love the XI zoom!
negative:Heavy
On APS-C 28 is simply not wide enough for all purposes
Not good for quasi-macro shots
No MF (I have yet to find a way)
comment:I had reservations about the XI, but I am very happy I got it. I love the auto zoom and it has not effected battery life as much as I expected.

This is a great walk around zoom lens that covers the middle rage. Goes great with a dedicated wide angle and a dedicated telephoto.

The detail is not perfect unless you stop it up, but its good enough for capturing the moment, even in lower light without a flash. In bright light, even when stopped up, the contrast seems to be higher than other lenses.

I have found that the lens does not flare very easily, but when it does, its ugly flare.

I would recommend this is a great value for a lens to carry around for general purposes.

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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