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

reviewer#722 date: Apr-26-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:28-75D, 28-70G
price paid:
positive:Sharp, moderately fast (aperture), cheap.
negative:Slow AF, useless shade, lousy close focussing.
comment:A great alternative to the 28-75D on a budget & far sharper (in terms of resolved detail) than the kit lens. AF is slow and a little quirky. Sharp across the range - I rated it a 4 in absolute terms; for the price and the class of lens, it's terrific, but there are obviously sharper lenses. There's a macro mode that allows close focussing when the lens is down at 28mm. It's not useful often, but I've used it in a pinch for goofy closeups when the lens doesn't focus close enough in normal mode. If you find one without a shade, don't hesitate to try some third party shades, especially since the crop factor on APS allows for a deeper shade. The one designed for the lens is next to useless. See my review of the [RS] version of the lens for a comparison !

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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