Minolta Maxxum AF Zoom 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Review and Sample Photos

This lens is one of my favorite Minolta/Sony Alpha mount AF zoom lenses. It's a really great range regardless of whether you are shooting full frame film or digital or with an APS cropped sensor digital. On film or full frame digital bodies, you go from standard wide to moderate telephoto, while on cropped sensor digital bodies, you start at the equivalent focal length of 42mm (perfect for street shooting), and gain added telephoto reach at the other end. And this lens is wicked sharp for a zoom - you can really get some stunning images with it. It's just fantastic that Sony bought out use of the Minolta AF mount, so that any old Minolta Maxxum AF lens will work on any of today's Sony Alpha mount DSLR bodies! That gives any Sony DSLR user a pile of lenses to pick from on the used market - and well made, sharp lenses (for the most part) at that.

Minolta Maxxum AF Zoom 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 auto focus lens

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LIKES: superb build quality - you know you're holding something made of glass and metal with very little plastic; nice F3.5-4.5 max aperture through the range, as opposed to today's cheaper consumer-grade range of 3.5-5.6; very nice macro mode (activated by throwing a mechanical switch and rotating a color on the lens body); full-frame lens that works on any Minolta Maxxum film SLR or DSLR body as well as any Sony Alpha mount DSLR body (doesn't work on mirrorless bodies)

DISLIKES: no auto focus in macro mode (easiest to set rough focus and then move the entire camera forward and back to fine tune the focus)

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sample photo taken with Minolta Maxxum AF Zoom 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 lens - click for sample image gallery...

Above: Local photographer shooting the sunrise on Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. Photo taken with a Sony Alpha A200 DSLR body and Minolta Maxxum AF Zoom 28-85mm F3.5-4.5. Photo ©Bob Delaney

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