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

reviewer#1538 date: Dec-13-2006
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:- KM 5D 18-70mm
- Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:multi buy
positive:- Very sharp
- Well built
- Reasonable fast (compared to kit lens)
negative:- No wide angles
- A bit slow AF
- Useless hood
comment:I bought this lens in a multi buy which included 50mm 1.7, 100-200mm and Minolta 7000 with flash. I was only interested in the 50mm but I fell in love with this lens. It is a fantastic lens and I think I degrade the kit lens as back up lens for this one. Although I will miss wide angles.
Total price was 86 GBP so that was actually a steal considering the 50mm goes for over 50 GBP.
This lens is not a lot on the market, but still you can get it for cheap. Grab it with both hands and praise yourself lucky ... rarely you will find easy bargains like this lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 112
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.85
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.62
  • overall: 4.32
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