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

reviewer#29652 date: Aug-9-2016
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-80 CZ
Sony DT 16-105 F3.5-5.6
Sony DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5/RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Minolta AF 28-80 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta AF 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5/RS/Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Minolta AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5/New
Vivitar 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
price paid:15 USD (used)
positive:Decent zoom throw
Little purple fringing
F4 to 60 mm
800 mm minimum focus
55 mm filter threads
negative:Reverse zoom action (it extends to 28 mm)
Warm color cast
Small circular hood
comment:My first well-used copy came with a Maxxum 5000 that I won for $12.50 shipped. The second cleaner copy was $23 by itself. The third copy was $15. The suggested retail price was $298 in 1985, slightly more than the 70-210 F4 and the same price as the 24 F2.8 and $125 more than the 35-70 F4 kit lens. "JAPAN"

The second copy of this lens definitely redeemed this lens for me. It definitely fits in with the other original Minolta zooms. It is not quite as wide as the 28-135 at close focus. It is fully retracted at 70 mm and barely extends at all the 85 mm end. Like the 28-135 the macro mode is engaged at the wide end.

The 800 mm normal close focus is much nicer than its contemporary 28-135, 35-70, and 35-105 zooms. The focus throw is longer too at about 120 degrees.

The larger clip-on hoods from the 70-210, 75-300, and 100-300 lenses work well for APS-C usage.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 112
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.62
  • overall: 4.32
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