Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by shadowgunner
|shadowgunner#11066 date: Apr-25-2013|
flare control: 5
|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|
tank like build
I use the beercan type lens hood: no flare issues.
|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.