Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by kerplunk
|kerplunk#10320 date: Jun-22-2012|
flare control: 3
|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.