Yashica ML 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro is a premium quality zoom lens of metal construction, though unlike the 28-50, this is a one-touch zoom. It is superior to the later ML 28-80 lens, being sharper, with minimal distortion, even illumination. It has an excellent macro function up to a ratio of 1:4.
Although a little slower than its Carl Zeiss cousin, it is only in the extreme edges of photos that the more expensive lens has the edge - and the Yashica has the edge in general usability due to its macro capability.
It's a lens that I often carry and gets more use than my Zeiss 28-85.
Posted by: Graham Date of publication: 12.01.2015