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

reviewer#11105 date: May-11-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 28mm/2.8
Minolta 35mm/2.0
Minolta 50mm/1.4
Minolta 85mm/1.4
Sony 85mm/2.8
price paid:CHF45
positive:Good sharpness in medium zoom range
Great colors
Versatile zoom range on FF
Great build quality
negative:Flimsy hood
comment:This is a very useful walk around lens. In the medium zoom range it is sharp and actually compares quite well with the primes when stopped down to 5.6 or 8. At 28mm and 85 mm corners are soft, but actually at least as good as with the 28mm/2.8. Of course it does not reach the superb IQ of the 35, 50 and 85mm lenses and you are limited regarding DOF. Colors are great and the build quality is excellent. Plus you can't beat the price quality ratio. I am thinking of getting the Tamron 24-70/2.8, but whenever I look at the pictures of the Minolta I am wondering whether it is worth the extra money. Would appreciate comments on this "problem".

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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