Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by pashka20

reviewer#1594 date: Jan-1-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.7
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:28f2
50f1.7
90f2.8 tamron
18-70kit
price paid:75 ebay
positive:sharp, especially at longer end
cheap
good build
negative:flare
not as sharp at 28 mm
slowish focus
comment:I like the lens, it worth more than the price for it now.
Image quality is good, much better than any recent kit lense, though not as good as any of my primes. It is also not very slow, and quiet sharp even wide open.
It has nice minoltas cast in colours, good contrast when no flare.
The lens is prone to flare, hood, that comes with it, is not good.
Af is a bit slow, hunts a lot under poor lighting (without af assist).
Build is very good. When I had it as the only lens and was looking at Sigma 105 macro, I couldn't believe sigma wants such a price for such a plasticky thing.
I wrote many negative things about the lens, but I think it is good overall, and very good for the price.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania