Minolta AF 28-105mm xi F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by SChurchill
|SChurchill#9682 date: Dec-7-2011|
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|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|
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.