Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by AVLB
|AVLB#45577 date: Sep-5-2020|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 28-135|
Minolta 24-105 D
Minolta 35-105 MkI
Minolta 28-100 D
|positive:||Good focal range for FF cameras|
Sharp when stopped down below f5.6.
Good solid lens
|negative:||None in particular, but strange it zooms out to 28mm and then retracts to 85mm|
|comment:||I have just purchased this lens to compare it to a range of other Minolta lenses I have been using on the A850. I took a total of 138 shots with this lens and the other three mentioned above. I then did a comparison as a base with a Minolta 50mm f2.8 Macros and the Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM. All of these were done on a tripod, outside with ISO of 100 and auto WB. It was calm and partially cloudy. I did a series of shots using f4.5, f5.6, f8. f11 and f16 at all the focal lengths of 28,35,50,70 and 85. |
All of the shots compared well and even the prime lenses did not stand out particularly good against all of the zoom lenses (apart from the 28-100).
As these were not "in the field" shots, I cannot comment on why some people have been disappointed with this lens, as I see it as a perfect walkabout lens and especially for landscapes, as I always use at least f11 for that type of shot. Colours a good and as good as the 28-135 and 35-105. It will stay on my camera as an everyday lens now and if a longer reach is needed, I would step up to the 28-135, which I do not find particularly heavy when compared to the 70-400!
I would not consider mounting this on my APSC cameras, as I have better and newer lenses for those, better suited to the cameras, but cannot fault it on FF.