Minolta AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 RS A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 45    << 1 2
reviewer#5731 date: Jul-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 original, Beercan, 35-75 Minolta F4
price paid:Bought in the 90s...
positive:Sharp at all lengths, extremely fast focusing, solidly built, great Minolta colours, front element doesn't rotate. Ideal for ND/Polarisers
negative:Needed to buy third party rubber lens cap. The supplied lens cap (made for film) is too small. With the addition of the longer lens cap this is a perfect lens.
comment:Excepting the need to replace the supplied lens cap - designed for a film 35mm and thereby limited in usefulness on a crop DSLR - this is one of the sharpest, fastest and highest IQ lenses in the Minolta line-up. It far outstrips the Beercan in all areas except reach. It never fails to take a good image, the only other lenses that match it are the 50mm F1.4/1.7, the 85mm F1.4, and the original 35-105 Minolta zoom. It works far better on my DSLRs than it does on my Minolta film cameras.
reviewer#5710 date: Jul-16-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:380 CHF (new - ovp)
positive:Quick AF and beside the 50mm 1.7 my sharpest lens.
I Like the Colors and the bookeh.
negative:It's necessary to add the lenscover in the right angle to the lens, else it can't be removed when the hood is also on the lens.
comment:Bought it new with not a single scratch.
I am really happy with this lens on my alpha 700 and 200.
reviewer#5399 date: May-17-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D
KM 28-75mm f/2.8 D
Sony SAL 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5
and many others
price paid:116 GBP (mint used)
positive:Modest distortion for this range, combined with exceptional full aperture sharpness for its class. Good close focus ability. Solid build, fairly compact, 62mm filter standard.
negative:Doesn't go to 24mm, is not a D type lens, fairly hard to find good used examples.
comment:This is the general purpose lenses I finally ended up with for my Alpha 900. It has no significant CA, vignetting or distortion - what barrelling is present compares well to be best designs and is easily corrected when (rarely) essential. It can be used wide open at all focal lengths with no risk of aberrations masking detail. Downside was taking the risk of finally getting a new as boxed example nine years after it was produced, for a premium over other clearly beaten-up examples on eBay. It's also great on APS-C but the range rather lacks appeal. 28mm on full frame is comfortable. It is so much better than the new Sony 24-105mm for full frame use, and it's time that Sony created a new much better 24-105mm.
reviewer#5358 date: May-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MAF 100/2,8 Macro, MAF 70-210/4 Beercan, MAF 100-300/4,5-5,6 MAF 50/1,7, Sony kit 18-70
price paid:80 EUR (used)
positive:good sharpness, lowest F 3,5, have good macro option, takes goods pictures also macro ones, tullip hood shape,
negative:flare control, a bit heavy, quite expensive, not very popular
comment:Good sharp lens, takes goods macro pictures, enable taking nice pictures in the low light late evening, good focal range, strange why Sony does not manufacture it, it should be given as kit lens, worth for me its price. Good starter item for everyday use, my walk around lens.
reviewer#5301 date: Apr-28-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit lens
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness
Color
Solid built
Size
Fast AF
Close focus
negative:'Only' f3.5-4.5
Weight
comment:This glass looks impressive and well balance on my cameras, looks fantastic on my D7D especially. Weight over a pound but feels good with its size & solid/metal construction.

Image quality is consistently excellent across the full zoom range. I would prefer more on wide end but actually it gives more range at the tele which i used more often and it performs great.

Sample shot taken in Flower Show 2009 at the tele end 105mm:
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=12897

Nice range for a walk around element. It's rare but not expensive, worth to own one by yourselves. Recommend.
reviewer#4540 date: Dec-13-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75/2.8
price paid:Ł107 LNIB
positive:Good range
negative:My copy shows slight decentering at longer focal lengths.
comment:My copy has some blurriness on the LHS between 85 and 105mm, perhaps indicating some lens element decentering. Some CA visible, though CA not as sharply defined as lenses I used on APS-C. Even stopped down it is not as sharp as the Tamron 28-75/2.8 at the same aperture. Corners are not as sharp as the Tamron. Corner darkening at 28mm f/4 quite visible. I would not use this lens for really critical work like landscapes or architecture. It is fine for portaits, natural objects like flowers and I like the bokeh.

Saying all of that, these lens defects really only show up when pixel peeping at 100%. It is an unavoidable fact that with 24M Pixels, you will see the slightest lens aberration if you look at pixel level. I am trying to train myself not to view at 100%, but instead enjoy the photographs at full screen size, knowing that the print would also be perfectly fine at normal viewing distances. Incidentally the effects of slight camera shake even with SSS are more evident in the A900 files at 100%.
reviewer#3997 date: Aug-24-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 (new)
price paid:Ł100 (new)
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Build
negative:Bokeh
comment:Excellent lens.
Sharpness - Very sharp and sharp even at maximum aperture.
A touch sharper than 28-85; difficult to call against the 35-105
Colour - My copy is very Minolta like. I took a series of test shots at 70 mm with this lens and the 28-85, all in the same lighting conditions and of the same subject. You could not distinguish between the two in terms of colour rendition
Build - Very good. Doesn't seem as heavy as I thought it would. When mounted on the Alpha 100 it gives the camera a nice balanced feel and looks superb.
Distortion - None noticed
Flare - No problems with the petal hood fitted

Conclusion - If this focal length range suits your need, a very recommended lens
reviewer#3671 date: Jun-4-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 55-200
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
price paid:Ł40 (new)
positive:price
28-105
looks as if it was made for the α100
negative:expected it to give sharper images
comment:Bought a new α100 body a couple of weeks ago in a sale. This left me with the "problem" of finding a lens (or two) to go with the camera. For years I've used Olympus equipment so was devoid of any lens. Initially bought a 35-105mm via eBay but this (despite its description) was the back-focusing, fungus coated type, so I still had the problem of finding a lens. I decided to give up on eBay (for now) and try a dealer. I quickly found another 35-105mm emailed them only to find that it had already gone, but they did say in their reply that they had "old" new stock of this lens. So this has effectively become my "kit lens". I have to confess that I'm still getting to grips with it (and the camera). The colours are fine it is just not as sharp as I hoped it would be...perhaps that might be more to do with me than the lens however in my defence I will say that I've been using SLRs for over 30 years. So my initial summary is good but not great. Perhaps this assessment will modify with time.
reviewer#3484 date: Apr-19-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta - AF 28-105 xi F3.5-4.5
Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
price paid:64 EUR (like a new)
positive:Quick AF
Well built
Sharp
negative:A bit heavy
comment:
missing
reviewer#2438 date: Jun-12-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70 f3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
Minolta 28-105xi
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 70-210 f4

price paid:100 €, 2nd hand on ebay
positive:Sharpness, built quality and range
negative:bokeh and colors
comment:I bought this lens as a substitute for my 28-105xi, which didn't satisfy me and which I sold. I think I took the right decision. This one is a good budget and walk around lens. If you can't pay much for a lens you can go for it. It's a very sharp lens, well built and with low flare or CA -I always use it with the cap-.

Cons: Colors are not as good as other Minolta lenses -in fact, it doesn't give at all the classical Minolta colors that my other lenses give and that I absolutely love -natural, vivid-. I think it's the worst part of this lens. I rated the color a 3.

The bokeh is not very good, either.

But, apart from that, It's a good budget lens. It's worth the price I paid for it. It performs well.
reviewer#1946 date: Mar-11-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-85
28-75
17-35
28/1.8
50/1.7
28-105 Tamron
price paid:160 EUR
positive:- sharpness
- well built
- size
- full frame
- AF-speed
negative:None for the price!
comment:Very good performer!
Buy it, if you don't need extra wide <28mm or have such a lens.
reviewer#1858 date: Feb-19-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM AF 18-70 DT
price paid:60 EUR (used)
positive:sharpness, solid build, price
negative:Weight
comment:I needed a zoom lens for the film camera and I bought this lens just thinking to it as a low-budget low-results lens. It is a low budget lens, but results in sharpness, quickness are great. Now I use it also on the digital camera keeping 18-70 just only for wide stuff.

The only negative point is the weight. Travelling with this lens mounted could be heavy for your neck :)
reviewer#1676 date: Jan-19-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 200/2.8 APO G,
Minolta 100/2.8 Soft Focus
Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Very good lens for this price
negative:In the corners it prones to chromatic aberration
comment:It's a surprisingly good lens for this price. Not as good as the 24-85, but similar to the more expensive 24-105 (with a better built quality). Well, it's far from a good fix, but if you haven't got so much money, and need a zoom, it's could be a good choice then.
reviewer#1104 date: Aug-22-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 kit
28-75 2.8
price paid:100 usd (new)
positive:Build quality very good. Good zoom range. Not expensive for what you get. Much less expensive than the 24-105 with comparable image quality.
negative:None really. A bit heavy, but consistent with its good build.
Not particularly wide.
comment:I like this lens, especially for the price I paid. I use it on my 5D. Focus very fast and accurate. Relatively fast aperture for a zoom with this range. Excellent sharpness and color.
reviewer#807 date: May-18-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20mm 2.8, 17-35mm 28-70mm, 70-200mm.
price paid:
missing
positive:Light lens, popular zoom range, very robust, small but light manual focus ring.
negative:The pictures are in general not that 'brilliant',or vibrant, compared to my other lenses. 'Only' f3.5-4.5.
comment:In retrospect I really needed time to make good pictures with this lens. The colors just didn't seem to match my memory. Later I found out that this was more a problem of me not knowing my 800si well enough (it needed +0.5-1 stop)and a particular stoburn photolab. ;-( Basicly they insisted to adjust the pictures (because people always liked that, which gave me difficult feedback ;-))
Flares: rarely, only in straight against the sun photos. It comes with a very nice flower shaped hood. Distortion can't remember I ever noticed any. Auto focussing: ok. fast.

Great general purpose lens, especially while traveling.
reviews found: 45    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 45
  • sharpness: 4.54
  • color: 4.76
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.27
  • overall: 4.55

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