Minolta AF 28-80mm xi F4-5.6 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 21   
reviewer#9590 date: Nov-15-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:SAL 16-50 F2.8
SAL 28 F2.8
M 35 F2
M 50 F1.7
price paid:? NEW
positive:Made me save money to buy primes.
negative:Lens hood is fairly useless at the wide end (flaring issues). Using the motor zoom/focus ring (what makes it an xi lens) is cumbersome. Motorzoom sounds like a coffee grinder.
comment:It came with my 5xi camera, must have been 1992. Used it a lot on holiday on Iceland and boy did I ruin some golden photo oportunities with this one. Not sharp at any lens opening, no contrast wide open, hence useless in poor weather. Tried it on digital, but only to see if it still works. All of the above mentioned lenses are way way better. Do yourself a favour and get the SAL 16-50 F2.8 which gives similar angles on APS-C than the 28-80 does on FF.
reviewer#8919 date: Apr-13-2011
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-85 3.5-4.5
28-85 3.5-4.5
price paid:100Can
positive:Range
Works on A100-A700 and others
negative:Heavy
Slow
CA/flare/distortions
Price
Manual Focus

comment:Bought this lens before i bought the 24-85 and i didn't like it. Not only that, i didn't use it. I think it was on my maxxum 9 for about 20 mns and that's it. I only shot a few frames with it.
On Digital, the picture is not bad but the colors are weird. It is not sharp even at F8.
Im thinking about giving this lens a chance with film but its not for digital.
Dont get me wrong, its quite fun to use; My dad had a Maxxum 3xi with the 35-70xi lens on it and it brings me back. Otherwise, you would have better luck with an original 28-85 which can be had for about 30$.
reviewer#7147 date: Mar-24-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
price paid: Ł13 GBP
positive:SHARP
Colour
Iexpensive
negative:None for the price
comment:Competent budget lens.
reviewer#7107 date: Mar-16-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:28-105 xi, 28-80 II, 28-80 D
price paid:
missing
positive:Better built than later 28-80 lenses, accaptable picture quality
negative:lots of CA at wide angle, slow, poor range
comment:It's better choice than first Minolta 4-5,6/28-80 lens, but latter 28-80 (D) has yet better optical quality. Poor overall wide angle performance even at APS-C, center sharpness good but corners get soft and distorted. If you like xi lenses, 28-105 would be better choice.
reviewer#6747 date: Jan-15-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 1
flare control: 3
overall: 2.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:I think I've owned ALL (then perhaps sold some) of the Minolta Consumer lenses by now!
price paid:$45 USD
positive:Cheap
negative:Distortion at edges cannot be tolerated vs. the rest of the lenses we have out there to buy these days!
comment:Just noticed the review below me says “This lens is always with me wherever I go.” Which I think is very sweet, but why?! Oh, I just noticed that he’s comparing it to Kit lenses…I get it now.

This lens was one of the first lenses that I bought out of perhaps 40 Minolta lenses that I went through as I built my collection last spring and summer (2009)

And what a fun build is WAS! As many of you now know; Minolta consumer lenses are WAY undervalued and if you’re like me – you never really lose any money buying them. I sold 90% of the ones I bought for more money….

Let me say this; yes, for an “XI” lens it’s great. Compared to Kit lenses it’s good. But compared to even the new 35-70 plastic or especially the 1985 line of metal lenses this thing doesn’t come close in IQ. It paints a TON of distortion at the edges of your digital frame - I can't imagine how bad it was with film!? Ewww!

And also, the mechanical zoom isn’t novel, it isn’t fun, it’s a lousy gimmick that Minolta should be ashamed they ever came up with.

-Shootist
reviewer#6493 date: Nov-30-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit lens
18-55 kit lens
Minolta 28-100
price paid:40 GBP ebay.
positive:Light
Power zoom
Super sharp!
Better than standard kit lens by miles.
negative:None I can think of..
comment:I bought this a year ago just to 'play' with for a few weeks, with the full intent of selling it on shortly after...... Well I like it so much I've kept it!!

This lens is always with me wherever I go.
reviewer#6376 date: Nov-13-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f 1.8
Minolta 85mm f1.7
Sony 18-70mm f3.5
price paid:115 USD (new)
positive:Color Rendition
Sharpness
Light Weight
Flash Flare Control
negative:None
comment:Originally purchased with my 9xi. Since switching to digital it has become my main portrait lens, often with a Portrayer attached. It provides equal results to most of my prime lenses. Especially good for this use on my A700. Works well on A900 also.
reviewer#6300 date: Oct-30-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85mm
Sigma 28-135mm Aspherical IF
price paid:49 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:Focusing quickly with the manual focus is cumbersome. The AF is not that much better, but definitely more accurate.
comment:
missing
reviewer#6253 date: Oct-21-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6 New
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Sony DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:300 sek~40 USD(used)
positive:Sharp
Fantasic motor zoom
Build better then sony kit
Like the xi stying
negative:Images tend to get a little "hazy" at wide apertures
Motorized MF
Power zoom drain battery power
800mm MFD
comment:Got this lens with a Minolta Dynax 3xi very cheap. It's alot better than the sony kit lens in both terms of sharpness and build. Only downside is the range on APC-C cameras.

And to make things clear, this lens do not have a macro switch and therefore a 0.11 max. magnification which is very bad.

You can look at my product photos of the lens at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickepic/tags/minoltaaf2880xif456/
reviewer#5522 date: Jun-13-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 mm f/1.7, 35-105 "beer can" style.
70-210 beer can.
price paid:50 USD (eBay)
positive:Not heavy/large. Sharp for later kit lens. Absurdly inexpensive, so good value for money.
negative:Noticeable CA at wide apertures.
comment:Nice enough and a useful range, not special (except for being best-by-a-mile of the Xi lenses). I'm not crazy about the power zoom. IQ does not match the 35-105 zoom or the 50 mm prime. If some else in the house likes the power zoom, it will probably stay in the family as a replacement for the 18-70 kit lens, but my choice for walk-around is the (rather heavier) 35-105.
reviewer#5179 date: Apr-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70 F4
28-85
18-70 Kit
price paid:45 eu
positive:Colours
AF Speed
Build quality
Light
Sharpness
negative:A little bit consuming....but not so much
comment:I'm very happy to have this lens in my bag !!
reviewer#5155 date: Apr-3-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 28 f2.8
Minolta 100-200/f4.5
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
price paid:around 50GBP i think
positive:- Blows the kit lens out of the water.
-Addictive zoom
-Sharp
-The only xi lens worth getting
-Macro switch
negative:- Flare with the standard hood
- Some might not like the xi zoom but i find it addictive
- a bit noisy(because of the xi)
comment:Bought this one a long time ago.Call it My Little Creeper because of the xi zoom. I really love it and i find it really addictive.Too bad all other xi lenses aren't great like this one.

It's a really underrated lens and really cheap. Sharp even wide open and it's sharp through the whole range. Sweet spot is between 5.6 and 8 with corners really sharp at these apertures.Sharpness and colors is on par with my other the Minolta zooms and almost prime-like stooped down between 5.6 and 8 throughout the range.

Flare is a problem mainly because hood is useless.I really like rubber hoods because they can be folded and give me flexibility. Put one on the Creeper and no more flares.

The perfect and cheapest replacement for the Kit lens.You lose a bit of range at the wide and but gain some tele and way better IQ.

reviewer#5098 date: Mar-26-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:nice colors, sharp and light
negative:slow af/mf because of motorized technique.
comment:I bought this lens with my Dynax 7xi film camera in 1993. I have other lenses in this range, but sometimes I use this little gem even today.



Edit: For those NEX users - this lens does not work with the LA-EA1. You can manually focus by turning the front of the lens, but zoom won't work.
reviewer#4882 date: Feb-19-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:
missing
positive:Image quality
Build quality
Colours
negative:Manual focusing difficult
Hood too small to be useful
comment:I originally bought this lens with my Dynax 5xi film camera and it has remained my main walkaround lens ever since. Build and image quality are far superior to the 18-70 kit lens. Don't recollect there being a macro switch on the lens only a focus hold button. Manual focussing is painfully slow due to the motorized zoom/focus

Highly recommended lens if you can get hold of one though.
reviewer#4149 date: Sep-29-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70mm Sony F3.5-5.6,
28-105mm F4-5.6 IF Tamron
price paid:Ł35 (used)
positive:Good all round
negative:None
comment:Very hard to split this with the 18-70 Sony kit lens other than it 'feels nicer'. I really like the power zoom.
reviewer#3882 date: Jul-25-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70 f2.8-4 UC
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5 (N)
price paid:25 GBP
positive:Sharp
Colour
Inexpensive
negative:None
comment:Great lens for the price. Certainly holds it own with the other lenses. A touch soft at the edges wide open.
reviewer#3687 date: Jun-7-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:40.00 USD
positive:Sharpness
Build
Bokeh
Light
Compact
negative:lens hood
comment: Suprising IQ. Sharp, light. Zoom takes practice. cheap and available.
reviewer#3686 date: Jun-7-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$108 (used)
positive:Compact, well built, sharp, nice colours
negative:Not much really at this price
comment:I have used this lens with a Sony alpha body and it's produced some really nice shots for a second hand lens acquired in a bundle of Minolta stuff. It's light and handy as a walk around lens
reviewer#2494 date: Jun-30-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 1:3.5(22)-4.5
Minolta 24-85 1:3.5(22)-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Powered zoom and focus, if that's your thing. Compares favorably with other Minolta lenses in terms of price (used) to performance.
negative:Powered zoom/focus might shorten battery life. Some distortion noticeable at 28 and f4.
comment:On a Sony A100, this is a very decent lens - and considering that they appear regularly on Ebay and go for reasonable prices, if you're looking for an inexpensive powered zoom, this is a real possibility. Relatively light weight, compared to metal 35-105 and the 24-85 Minolta lenses.
reviewer#2414 date: Jun-5-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm kit lens
price paid:
missing
positive:Solid build, power zoom, sharpness is excellent on Sony a100
negative:Some vignetting at wide-angle (on film camera). Flawless on Sony a100. Color saturation is fantastic.
comment:More solid body compared to Sony 18-70mm. Conversely, 28mm on digital not always wide enough as compared to the kit lens. This lens was made for digital due to the crop-factor that eliminates the 'film' flaws.
reviewer#1488 date: Nov-28-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Kit 18-70, 28-80 3.5-5.6, 28-80 3.5-5.6 D, Quantaray 28-80 3.5-5.6
price paid:
missing
positive:I rather like to motorized zoom, not so much the motorized manual focus. Seem built better than the "normal" lenses in the same range.
negative:Has to be stopped down a bit at the wide end but only to 5.6
comment:I think the image quality of this lens is very good as well as the colors, the bokeh's not bad either. The only problem with this lens much as with the other 28-80's reviewed is that the range is in no mans land. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to buy a 28-80 if you've got the kit 18-70... Unless you are getting ready for Sony's eventual FF camera, although if you can afford it when (if) it comes out you should be able to afford better lenses.
reviews found: 21   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.52
  • build: 4.24
  • distortion: 4.05
  • flare control: 4.05
  • overall: 4.24

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