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

reviewer#2541 date: Jul-12-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:KM 18-70 kit, Sigma 24-135
price paid:$80 USD
positive:Sharp, especially when stopped down to F/5.6 and higher.
Great build quality.
Great colors.
negative:Heavy, but to me this feels like quality.
comment:Even though I gave up the wide angles lower than 28mm I got a high quality lens that in my opinion will rival some of the best. Excellent results for such a low cost lens. I got mine on eBay for only $80 USD and it came to me in mint condition. If it had been in a Minolta box I'd have sworn it was brand new. The only time it comes off now is when I want to use my Beercan which is another fine lens by Minolta. In fact, I think the quality of the images I get with the KM 28-85 are every bit as sharp and vibrant as the Beercan. I would highly recommend this as a replacement for the kit lens and you should go and get one before they're all snatched up. It's that good!

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