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

reviewer#11066 date: Apr-25-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Sony 18-70 kitlens
Mino 35-70 F4
Mino 35-105 RS
price paid:50 USD
positive:sharp throughout the range
Minolta colors
tank like build
I use the beercan type lens hood: no flare issues.
Macro mode
negative:a little heavy for the range.
not as useful in low light (without flash).
Minor CA in strong light and high contrast situations.
comment:This has evolved into my go-to lens for most situations. I bought it a number of years ago on ebay attached to a Minolta 7000. I wasn't satisfied with the kit lens on my new A300. This lens has covered my favorite range and shooting conditions (outdoors with good light). I find that indoors it definitely needs light from a flash unit. With the macro mode it handles moderate closeups nicely. It is almost always sharp, whereas the kitlens it replaced was never sharp enough. I use it currently on an A700 and the performance is still excellent. My copy exhibits a touch of barrel distortion at the short end; but is easily corrected in PP. The CA is also easily corrected. The standard hood is a joke; doesn't help much. I use the beercan style hood which came with my RS 35-105; it works perfectly on this lens.

If I lost the use of this lens, I would definitely replace it.

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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