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

reviewer#2405 date: Jun-2-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Canon 28-105 USM, 28-70 F3.5-4.5 . Nikon 28-70 F3.5-4.5D, 28-85 F3.5-4.5 , 28-105 D
price paid:45 UK
positive:Well made like a small beercan - decent optics
negative:Tendency to backfocus at 85mm, Macro mode rather useless being 28mm and MF. Soft Coatings on the glass again.
comment:Bargain price and better made than the 1980s Canon and Nikon 28-70s, similar build to the optically weak but tough made Nikon 28-85 F3.5-4.5 . the King of the 28-xxx Budget lenses is the Nikon 28-105D, the Minolta 28-85 gets close at 28mm but loses it out towards the extreme edges, it suffers far less CA than the old Canon and Nikon 28-70s... At 85 this sample seems to backfocus and is sharp where it's actually focussed..
This lens is compact, tough and handles very nicely, AF speed is good . would be a full hit run if it focussed better at 85 and the vulnerable front element had tougher coatings.

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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