Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by Jose de Luna

reviewer#1043 date: Jul-31-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
price paid:
positive:Excellent build and optics.
negative:Dedicated hood useless.
comment:One of the best zooms I've used in the Minolta line-up, great color saturation (available light or flash photography), sharpness excellent from f5.6-11 (very acceptable at f3.5-4.5). Image quality a bit inferior to its bigger brother (28-135mm). Definitely a better alternative and more serious performer than the kit lens (18-70mm). Dedicated hood not enough to control flare, I use the hood for the 100-300mm APO instead.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 112
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.85
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.62
  • overall: 4.32
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