Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by kerplunk

reviewer#10320 date: Jun-22-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 28-105 F3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta - AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta - AF 35-70 F4
Minolta - AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5
Tamron - SP AF 28-75 F2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical IF
price paid:40 USD (used)
positive:Nice size, weight, feels solid.
Sharp at 28mm.
Colors are great.
negative:Not sharp at 85mm, pretty bad really.
Flare is pretty bad, a common issue with lenses of this age.
comment:The lens has the nice solid feel of the older Minolta lenses with the metal construction without being too large or heavy.

It it pretty sharp at 28mm wide open, but somewhere in the range up to 85mm that goes away, and it gets pretty bad.

I'm not sure if it came with a hood, mine didn't, but I'm sure if there was one, it was similar in size / shape as the other lenses of this era, and piratically worthless, combined with a lack of modern coating to defer flare, it can be an issue.

Some of the better Minolta lenses might cost a little more, but it's not that much more, and it's money well spent.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 111
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.61
  • overall: 4.32
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