Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by awa54

reviewer#11750 date: Apr-1-2014
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 24-85 3.5/4.5
Minolta 35-70 4
Minolta 35-105 3.5/4.5(old)
price paid:approx. $30
positive:Great early Maxxum build and color
Very decent macro performance
negative:So-so sharpness on the wide end
Unforgivably soft past 50mm
comment:I want to like this lens for its great color and image feel, but the overly soft images at the tele end make it useless for anything except soft-focus effects. The only reason I gave a 3.5 for sharpness is the good macro performance.

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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