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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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.
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: 33
  • sharpness: 4.17
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 4.15
  • distortion: 3.97
  • flare control: 3.76
  • overall: 4.08
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