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

reviewer#10727 date: Nov-25-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 35-105 RS
Tamron 28-200 F3.4-5.6 XR IF
DT 18-55
price paid:115
positive:Sharpness, Solid, Colour, Macro
negative:Size & Weight, 85mm must at least F8, not so good in low light cond.
comment:Owned this lens right after I jump ship from Nikon D90 and got my self the a57. All I can say is the performance of this lens is superb! 28-85mm is just nice for me to carry around for street photography anywhere I go.

Sharpness is good from 28mm all the way to 85mm although start from 70-80mm, things got tricky. Those who facing sharpness drop, just set your aperture all the way to F8 and problem solved (at least on my copy).

Macro quality is great too! With the help of Peaking Function available, shooting in MF macro mode is fun and the red-colour-peaking-zone helps in determine which area u preferred to be sharp/focused.

The only downside of this lens is the weight and the size. I can live with it, but for those who travel frequent and size&weight is always 1st priority, I would say too bad then :)

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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