Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by piano0047

reviewer#9425 date: Sep-15-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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:Minolta 28-105, 35-105 (not beercan version). Fixed 28mm 2,8,50mm 1,7
price paid:85USD
positive:Cheap,solid,sharp,especially at the wide end,beautiful colour.
negative:Not quite as sharp in the tele range.
comment:Everything seems to have been said before. But shortly: my copy of this lens is WONDERFUL in the wide end. The colours are simply beautiful and the lens gives punchy pictures with exellent contrast. I can really say that it is as good or better than the fixed 28mm 2,8.Same sharpness- but more saturated colours. Already from 3,5 actually. And clearly sharper than 28-135mm.

But vice verca at the 85mm setting, and even 50mm. A little bit (5,6)stopped down it is ok even here. And at 8 very good. But the exellent pictures you get at 28mm-40mm is not reached in the rest of the focal range.

At 28mm the lens would have got 5+++ overall, except flare control.

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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