Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#11056 date: Apr-20-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 50 f/1.4
Minolta AF 35-70 f/4
KonicaMinolta AF 28-75 f/2.8
Minolta AF 28-135 f/4-4.5
Minolta AF 35-105 f/3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 100-200 f/4.5
Sony AF DT 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
Sony AF DT 18-135 f/3.4-5.6
Sony AF DT 50 f/1.8
Sony AF DT 35 f/1.8
Tamron AF 17-50 f/2.8 DI II
Sigma AF 70 f/2.8 EX DG Macro
price paid:48$
positive:Sharpness (especially short end), colors. Very sharp wide open from 28-70. At 70-85 you need to stop down to f:8 to get full sharpness. Usable macro even though in the wide end. Very good build.
negative:flares, brightness
comment:This lens is very prone to flares. In Nordic countries it is best for the cloudy days. Colors are wonderful. Built to last I think. It is much darker than the other lenses I prefer, so the narrow dof photos I am into right now is not that easy to take. But at the long end it is brighter than the kit lens. If you plan portraits with nothing disturbing behind you can get wonderful pictures. At f/4.5@85mm there is a small softness that is perfect for portraits if you don't have anything disturbing objects behind. OK bokeh.

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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