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

reviewer#8637 date: Feb-7-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105 F3.5-4.5 original
28-135
35-70 f4
price paid:part of bundle
positive:Solid build
55mm Filter
negative:Awful CA
Very soft especially at corners
comment:I bought this by mistake as I thought it was 35-105 included in a bundle of lenses and 8000i body.

Unlike the 35-105, which it looks almost identical to, this lens performs very badly. It's very soft especially at the corners. Even when stopped down on an APS-C sensor.

It also exhibits all forms of CA to a high degree in any moderate contrast areas. Ironically the 8000i body that came with it has become one of my favourites so I guess there was a silver lining.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 111
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 3.61
  • overall: 4.32
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