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

reviewer#9431 date: Sep-16-2011
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 24-85 (original and RS)
Minolta 35-105 (original)
Minolta 28-105 RS
price paid:45 GBP
positive:Sharp
Wonderful colour
Build
negative:Macro at wide end
Flares without hood
comment:Good lens, but not as sharp as my copies of 24-85s, 28-105 RS and the 35-105, which I rate as the sharpest zoom I have ever used, along with the Tamron 20-40 which I foolishly sold.

Very sharp at 28mm, but sharpness falls gradually away past 50 mm.

Notwithstanding, considering its price compared to the lenses above a very good buy if on a tight budget.

Needs a big hood to combat flare (I use the beercan hood)

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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