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

reviewer#45577 date: Sep-5-2020
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 28-135
Minolta 24-105 D
Minolta 35-105 MkI
Minolta 28-100 D
price paid:£49.99
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 112
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.62
  • overall: 4.32
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