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

reviewer#2478 date: Jun-26-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 3,5-4,5
Minolta 50 1,7
MInolta 28 2,8
Minolta 35-70 4
Tokina 19-35 3,5-4,5
price paid:50 USD
positive:excellent build
quite fast
negative:heavy (not for women)
comment:I bought this lens as I was looking for some more wide open glass. 28 mm at the short end is enough for me. For some architectural purposes I use Tokina 19-35.

This unit has some significant features. First it's pretty heavy which is a plus as it properly stabilizes body. Second it has quite fast AF and it works even in dark spaces. Third it built like a tank and that's why is worth to carry in hostile conditions like foot trips in mountains.

Suming up this is a sample of brillant work made by Minolta in 80's and this specific glass is so cheap that it's must to have it in your collection.

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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