Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5

(9 customer reviews)

The Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 is a camera glass that can be used with various camera mounts. It has a variable focal length that allows for different perspectives and compositions. The lens can be used for both autofocus and manual focus, giving the photographer more control over their shots. The lens is made up of several glass elements that work together to produce sharp and clear images. It also has a lens coating that helps to reduce lens flare and ghosting.

The lens has an aperture range of f/3.5-4.5, which is decent for a mid-range lens. The build quality of the lens is good, and it can last for a long time if taken care of properly. The lens has a good resolution, which means that it can produce detailed and high-quality images.

Alternative lenses to the Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 include other prime zoom lenses with similar focal lengths and apertures. The bokeh produced by the lens is decent, although not as smooth as some other lenses. The manufacturing time of the lens is not known, but it was likely produced in the 1990s.

Overall, the Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 is a good mid-range photographic lens that can produce sharp and clear images. It has a decent aperture range and can be used for both autofocus and manual focus. The lens is well-built and can last for a long time if taken care of properly.

Positives:
– Great image quality and color reproduction.
– Heavy all-metal construction feels solid and durable.
– Lens is clean and free of scratches, mold, and dust.
– Good deal at $65 including shipping.

Negatives:
– Lens becomes a 42-127.5mm on APSC sensor cameras, limiting its wide-angle capabilities.
– Lens hood it comes with is loose and does not fit securely.
– Front screw threads have some nicks with exposed metal, but can be hidden with a UV filter.

Conclusion:
The Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens is a great choice for a walking around lens, offering superior image quality and a solid all-metal construction. However, its limited wide-angle capabilities on APSC sensors and loose lens hood may be drawbacks for some photographers. Overall, this lens is a good deal for its price of $65 including shipping.

Optical design

Has 7 aperture blades, mid-grade lenses usually have this amount of blades. Having rounded blades provides out of focus circle shape closer to a circle.

Physical characteristics

Weights 490 grams so plan ahead, carry only if really necessary. 110 mm long, requires consideration if you want to carry in the camera bag. 55 mm lens filter diameter, commonly filter size, you have plenty of possibilities.

Description

Basic data

Specification

Blades7
Filter (mm)55
Length (mm)110
Min focus (m)8
Weight (g)490
Aperture3.5 – 4.5/30
Focal Length (mm)28-85

Overall rating

4.32
based on 111 reviews

color (4.68)
4.68/5

distortion (4.16)
4.16/5

flare control (3.61)
3.61/5

mechanical quality (4.86)
4.86/5

sharpness (4.29)
4.29/5

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  5. Ebay.com May 02, 2019

    Minolta Maxxum classic lens in todays digital world. Minolta Maxxum classic lens in todays digital world. With digital camera prime and zoom lenses for digital cameras costing more than the camera body itself it is nice to see that vintage and classic lenses from Minolta film cameras with auto focus “A” mount can still be used on todays Sony camera at a fraction of the cost while getting great lenses that are both fast primes and zooms. Todays Pro series of lenses sell for top dollars for the casual photographers or those on a budget wanting pro quality lens the Minolta Maxxum series of lens provide a welcome way of expanding the lenses range from wide to telephoto at reasonable with little to no trade of in image quality. and features.The Lenses I own for use on my Sony a-55 SLT digital camera are the Minolta Maxxum 50 mm f 1.7, 28-70 macro,35-85, the 80-200 zoom, 100-300 zoom all great film lenses purchased on E-bay at low prices in todays high prices world.

  6. Ebay.com Jan 25, 2017

    Budget lens This lens can’t compare to the minolta 24-105 for sharpness. It does excel at avoiding the heavy vignette of the 24-105. It is so cheap that it might be a good lens for a hiking trip or something where you don’t want to bring your best glass. It is also smaller and lighter.

  7. Ebay.com Oct 17, 2011

    Get them if you can. I am not a professional photographer but I would advise all owners of Sony Alpha DSLR to seek and obtain old Maxxum lenses especially 1st gen. It shows great foresight on part of Sony to keep Minolta amount and design Alpha’s to accept old lenses. Which perform better than ones that come with DSLR i.e. like mine 18-55mm SAM. That was the main reason I decided to buy Alpha. Sony has Zeiss lenses and if money is no object than by all means get them. Had previous life experience with Zeiss on old Praktica camera and lenses made then in DDR – unbeatable quality. I got my 1st gen Maxxum when it came out and quickly traded stock 50mm lens for what I think should be called ‘mini beercan’ 35-70mm, later got 2nd gen ‘beercan’ 70-210mm. Both great lenses and both produce amazing pictures. In retrospect I should have gotten ‘secret handshake’. Well, there is eBay for that and I will be looking for a deal. This one, I call ‘medium beercan’ 28-85mm it is extremely versatile and build like a tank – metal parts and glass lenses. Some minor inconveniences of old design are easily compensated by quality of images. Sony should get those designs out of mothball and they will have sure hit on their hands. it is old and, surpirse, it is better than new.

  8. Ebay.com Apr 05, 2012

    Phenomenal lens for the money; BUY ONE! As the very happy owner of a Sony A-850 full frame DSLR (and happy also with my Sony A-700), I wanted to take advantage of its ability to accommodate first generation Konica-Minolta lenses, which are, in a word, “superb.” The 28-25mm f/3.5-4.5 is a beauty, providing tack-sharp images from end-to-end with stunning, true-to-life colors. In addition, the zoom range is ideal for just about 70% of my image-making applications (landscape/portraiture). My near-mint copy of this excellent lens is built like a tank (all metal!)and therefore has a nice “heft” to it. I must point out, however, that the weight of the lens perfectly complements the A-850 body, as though the two were made one for the other! On my APSC sensored Sony A-700, the lens’ zoom range effectively becomes 42mm-127mm: a rather oddball range, yes, but certainly useable for many applications (portraiture immediately come to mind). Again, the sharpness (I utilize 100% crops often) and – particularly – the COLORS are simply outstanding! For the money, I doubt that there is another lens “out there” with this zoom range that can match this one! Get one! You’ll be happy you did!

  9. Ebay.com Dec 01, 2010

    Great walking around lens for a song Since I bought this lens to replace the 18-70mm kit lens, I have not taken this lens off my Sony A200 camera.The color and quality of the optics are far superior than my kit lens. This is a heavy all metal lens not plastic and weighs more than a pound so their is more weight to carry around. The only drawback for this lens is that if you are using DSLR with APSC sensor, this lens will become a 42-127.5mm for the Sony. On the low end, 42mm is not wide enough for Landscape pictures in some situation. The lens is cleaned and free of any scratches, mold and dust. It does not come with front and rear lens caps. The lens hood it comes with is for the 29-100mm Minolta lens and it very loose and does not stay on very well. There are 2 nicks with metal exposed on the front screw threads, but that is okay since I can hide them when using a UV filter.

    Overall, this is a good deal for $65 including shipping and I got it in 2 days.

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