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

reviewer#9682 date: Dec-7-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Minolta AF 28-85 Original
Minolta AF 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-135 f4-4.5
price paid:Can't remember
positive:Good range
Sharper than expected
Reasonable minimum focus distance when compared to 1st generation AF lenses.
Very good build quality.
negative:Noisy
Lack of Focal length info on digital bodies.
Some minor CA
Unusual filter size for A-mount lenses
comment:I can't remember how I acquired this lens. I know I did not buy it specifically and it was included with a film body that I bought via ebay. Probably a 700si I think.

It's certainly a quirky lens and the auto-zoom takes some adjusting to. However I have found this lens a pleasant surprise when IQ is concerned in certain situations. I think it suffers from less CA than the 28-135 and definitely less than the original 28-85, but doesn't touch my original 35-105 in sharpness and colour.

To get the best out of this lens a lens hood is essential and don't expect great sharpness and contrast wide open. But outdoors on a bright day I think this lens produces better pictures than my 28-135. However, for me this lens seems to work really well when I'm shooting B&W film outdoors. I don't know why but it seems to produce very sharp contrasty images that I don't get when shooting colour on a digital body.

Considering the low price of this lens it's definitely worth a go.

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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