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

reviewer#46 date: Jan-27-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-135 f/3.8-5.6: image quality is similar, build quality seems better (no zoom creep). Practical filter size of 55mm instead of 62mm.
price paid:
positive:- Very good 'old-fashioned' build quality
- 55 mm filter size
- Great value for money
negative:- Macro function not very usable.
- Rotating front lens
comment:This lens is very well built, *much* better than the lightweight kit lenses that are sold nowadays. The tubus has no play and there is no sign of zoom creep. The image quality is decent, especially if stopped down to f/8. The versatile zoom range makes it an all-round lens. The lens has a 'Macro' option, but it hardly deserves this name (magnification is only 1/4). It is not really usable either, because the macro position is at the wide angle side (so you have to come very close to the subject). Also the autofocus is disabled in this position. This is one of the few standard zooms with 55mm filter size (a common size for Minolta lenses). Very practical. Great value for money (discontinued, but a true bargain on the second hand market.)

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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