Minolta AF 28mm F2 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11470 date: Nov-11-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-70, 50mm 1.4
price paid:$500 approx
positive:Sharpness at f2.2 -2.5 is very good. Focus snappy, and colour and build quality are all great.
negative:The flare control is not great- small hint of sun and the lens lights up the sensor, but then again, I bought this for indoor low light use - not in full sun!
comment:Lovely in evenings, or low light indoors when flashless.
reviewer#10778 date: Dec-11-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20/2,8
Minolta 24/2,8
price paid:490
positive:excellent sharpness and fully usable at f2
negative:None
comment:Very sharp, beautiful color, excellent bokeh.
reviewer#10710 date: Nov-17-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35/2
Minolta 50/1,7
price paid:550
positive:Good sharpness, beautiful color, very compact.
negative:not found.
comment:I bought this lens on this forum. The lens I brought from Chicago. The owner of the lens is very good care of him. I got the lens in new condition. Minolta 28/2 - chic lens. This lens is very sharp and gives a beautiful picture. The lens is lightweight and small. Minolta 28/2 one of the best lenses I've ever seen.
reviewer#10666 date: Nov-7-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35/2
Minolta 20/2.8
Minolta 24/2.8
price paid:470
positive:Lightweight, small, very sharp, excellent bokeh.
negative:None!!!
comment:Super sharp from the F2. Great colors and super bokeh. I love this lens!
reviewer#10659 date: Nov-6-2012
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35/2
Minolta 100/2
Minolta 84/1,4 GD
Minolta 17-35 G
price paid:550
positive:Very good lens. Wide angle, great light gathering power, excellent color, high sharpness.
negative:There is no shortage.
comment:This is one of the best lenses. Great color, great sharpness. Very rare, but I recommend buying this lens.
reviewer#10656 date: Nov-5-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 f1.4
Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G
Minolta 20 f2.8 RS
price paid:490
positive:My favorite lens.
negative:Not.
comment:Very usable right at f/2. Very good bokeh.
reviewer#9900 date: Feb-7-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300
positive:Great for low light. Sharp wide open
negative:None
comment:Hard to find but great to have in a collection. Just as important as 50mm
reviewer#9819 date: Jan-19-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80mm
price paid:489 USD (used)
positive:-Colors
-Sharp
-Perfect focal length for street photography on APS-C (42mm)
-Small size
negative:-hard to remove cap with hood on
-finish prone to fingerprints
comment:I use this lens probably 50% of the time, great walk around lens also great for indoor low light as well. One of my favorite lens.
reviewer#9176 date: Jun-24-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm 2.8
Minolta 50mm 3.5 macro
price paid:500
positive:Color, 3D images, speed, saturation
negative:none at all
comment:Do not give up your search for this lens!

I love my Minolta 50mm 3.5 macro but this lens takes you to a different place. Its razor sharp at f2 and has an amazing depth of color none of my other lens have. With the ISO abilities of the Sony a33, this lens is ideal indoors. It truly lives up to its reputation. Find one and enjoy it forever. Looks like I will be selling my 24mm 2.8 f.

Look here and enjoy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/loetzabbate/sets/72157626913302029/with/5867345720/
reviewer#8828 date: Mar-24-2011
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:* Minolta 20mm f/2.8
* Sigma 20mm f/1.8
* Sigma 24mm f/1.8
* Zeiss 24mm f/2
* Sigma 30mm f/1.4
* Sony 35mm f/1.4
* Sony 50mm f/1.4
price paid:569 USD (used)
positive:* Sharp wide open.
* Small and light - well-balanced on entry-level bodies.
* Sturdy build common to 1st generation Minolta AF lenses.
* Minolta colors.
* Great focal length / speed for an APS-C walkaround lens.
* Not so wide as to cause a great deal of distortion.
* Common 55mm filter size.
negative:* Coma is bad when used wide open on a full-frame DSLR.
* Vignetting is noticable when used wide open on a full-frame DSLR.
* Prices are inflated due to rarity and the small number of apples-to-apples alternatives.
comment:I am a full-frame shooter, but I still use an APS-C camera as a backup. I wanted a fast, normal prime for my backup camera, but didn't want it to be a DT lens as it's nice to be able to swap lenses between both cameras. I've used the Sigma 2Xmm f/1.8 lenses, and though they're decent, they're nothing groundbreaking. The Zeiss 24mm f/2 is a good lens, but very expensive. So, I looked to this lens instead.

On a crop-sensor camera, it's a great lens with a natural field of vision, a reasonably fast aperture, fast focus, and good balance. Images are sharp and colors are great. On a full-frame sensor, it's a decent lens. Color, sharpness, saturation - all of that is fine. The main problems are vignetting wide open (noticable, but correctible in post) and coma (which, in the corners, is bad wide open). If you can avoid shooting into strong light sources and/or step down, it's not a problem.

This is a good lens, but don't go overboard trying to pick one up. I suppose it's a nice compromise between the Sony 35mm f/1.8 and the Zeiss 24mm f/2.
reviewer#8826 date: Mar-23-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$400 CAD (Used)
positive:Small and lightweight
Sharp wide open
Bokeh is neutral
Very little CA
Fast focusing speed
negative:Small amount of distortion (on FF)
A lot of vignetting at F2 (on FF)
Coma is pretty bad at F2
comment:This is a very good lens to have around, its small and lightweight so its very travel friendly. This lens has gotten harder to find over the years due to the low production number they had for it. The 28mm F2 is very sharp wide open and of course even better stopped down, its corner to corner sharpness is very good as well. The bokeh can be very good but at times can be pretty harsh, but overall I quite like the bokeh this lens produces. The main issue with this lens is the massive amount of vignetting at F2 on FF cameras, though it does improve greatly at F2.8 and is pretty much gone at F4. Along with that the lens suffers from some of the worst coma I've ever seen, though again thankfully it improves greatly just by stopping down to F2.8.

Besides those two issues this lens is amazing, it is also the fastest wide angle lens Minolta ever produced. It is a great lens that you can bring anywhere since it is so small and light.
reviewer#7960 date: Sep-11-2010
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:USD 300 (used)
positive:Small & compact
Bright: f/2.0
Great wide angle on full frame
Bayonet hood

negative:
missing
comment:Swapped a used Minolta 100-300mm APO plus some cash at a little shop in Bangkok for this lens after reading the reviews on here. My copy is pin sharp at f/2.0 and beyond. Had some problems on my KM5D with back focusing, but this has stopped now that I have a A850. Ideal lens to use on crop sensors and a nice wide angle on full frame. Won't be letting go of this lens in a hurry.
reviewer#7252 date: Apr-6-2010
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-35
Minolta 28-135
price paid:550 USD (used)
positive:Light, F2, Minolta colors vs. Sigma colors, Pretty fast focus
negative:Flare
Rare lense
comment:I love this lense, but it spends too much time off my 500 and I think my CZ 16-35 better suits my 850.
reviewer#6856 date: Feb-3-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 20mm f/2.8 RS
- Minolta 24mm f/2.8 RS
- Sony 35mm f/1.4 G
- Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* SSM
price paid:
missing
positive:- very sharp across the frame once stopped down a little (f/2.8 and beyond)
- small and light
negative:- a tad soft at f/2
- not-so-great flare control
- bokeh is somewhat busy
- chromatic aberration visible at wide aperture settings in high contrast scene
comment:I have some mixed feelings with this lens. It is a full stop faster than the best zoom covering 28mm, and delivers very sharp images, once stopped down a little, on my A700.

However its bokeh is not quite so pleasant (a common problem with WA lenses), CA and flare can be problematic sometimes.

Overall I feel a 28-70/2.8 or a 24-70/2.8 zoom lens (only one stop slower but much more flexible) would be a better solution photographically (expect to sacrifice in cost and weight though), especially when taking the high market price of 28/2 into consideration. Nonetheless it's easier to stay low-key with the prime.
reviewer#6538 date: Dec-6-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-35 f/2.8
Min 24-105 f/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Small, light, fast, Minolta colors
negative:Vignettes, fields curvature, coma.
comment:Relatively typical from an entirely spherical design. At f/2.0, the lens suffers from spherical aberration ("veiling"), which can be used as a feature: it makes the light elements of the picture "glow". Very nice Minolta colors. Vignettes a lot at f/2.0 and exhibits strong field curvature. All this is not really important when using the lens for its intended use: available light and can even be used as an effect.

Main drawback: horrible coma at f/2.0.
reviewer#6241 date: Oct-19-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:20 f/2.8
28 f/2.8
price paid:300 EUR (used)
positive:size
f-ratio
negative:prone to flare
comment:Compared to the f/2.8 you have two more stops which are a clear go for my fotography purpose, I take available light shots with non high ISO values. As some of you may know, I favour primes over zooms, and this is also a nice example: It's noticable, but still light with a Maxxum 9 and easy to play with; hood helps, if I have that lens outside stopping down, where I have sharp pictures; of course, the 28 f/2.8 can be sharper and is sharper than a f/2.0, but that's a fact you know and consider whilst buying that one.
It's a well solid rigid keeper with a flare issue, but if you get to know how to control it, it's a nice lens.
reviewer#6167 date: Oct-3-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35/2, Minolta 100/2
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, color, size, weight
negative:A little distortion
comment:What a little sharp lens! My copy sharp straight AT ALL FRAME from f/2, and stopping to f/2.8 only removes slight purple haze that present at f/2. I like this lens because the dimension is compact, and it's really light. There is slight barrel distortion noticeable, but I think it only visible when you shoot straight line. Very recommended.
reviewer#5929 date: Aug-29-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24/1.8 (Sigma)
35/2
50/1.4 (Sigma)
price paid:$500
positive:Light & small
Super sharp
negative:Hood too small
Cap hard to reach when the hood is on
Very bad flare resistance
comment:The sharpness is amazing for such a small lens. Borders are as sharp as the center at F/8. But flare resistance shows it was designed 20 years ago.

Edit: When selling the lens recently, the shop keeper showed me that fungus had damaged a large part of the coating on one of the inner lenses. He used a small flash light from the rear of the lens and opened the iris. The fungus was gone, but the coating on the borders was gone too. So please ignore my "flare" rating.
reviewer#4702 date: Jan-18-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28mm 2.8
Sony 50mm 1.4
price paid:699 CDN Brand New
positive:Sharp
Small size
Light
Minolta Build Quality
negative:flare control not so good

comment:Perfect lens for the indoor snap shots. Since I bought it I stopped using CZ 16-80 and 50mm 1.4 on a700. Wonderfully sharp even at F2. @f2.8 bokeh seems very smooth and attractive. Great color and contrast. I Love this lens.
reviewer#4686 date: Jan-15-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
price paid:400USD
positive:F2.0
Good build
Fast AF
Bokeh at 28mm
negative:To soft at wide open, moderate sharp from F4.
Bad flare control
comment:Interesting lens, with narrow area of use. I use it for night street shooting and indoors only.
Fast AF.
My copy very soft at F2.0, fair from F3.2-3.5, good above. Sharpens of my cheep Minolta AF 35-70 F4 at F5 and above is the same, not worser. Why it is legendary Minolta lens? May be only my copy.
reviewer#4666 date: Jan-10-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 20/2.8
Minolta 135/2.8
price paid:480 USD
positive:Great sharpness
FOV of nearly 50mm on APS-C
Nice color
Decent bokeh
negative:Horrible flare/ghosting
comment:This is a really sharp lens, probably the sharpest I own. Has nice Minolta colors. I really wanted a fast prime to come close to the 50mm focal-length on APS-C. I like the extra stop of the 2.0 aperture. It's slightly soft at f/2, but to my eyes, it begins to sharpen up nicely by f/2.2 and by 2.8. I love it's small size and wonderful Minolta build quality.
It's biggest drawback, however is that it's very susceptible to flare and ghosting. It's a great lens as long as there aren't any light sources in the frame. I wonder why there are so many reviews that give it a 5 for flare, is it possible I have a bad copy that could cause this?
reviewer#4401 date: Nov-18-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20/F2.8, Minolta 28/F2.8, Minolta 50/F1.4, Minolta 50/F1.7
price paid:au$125 (1987)
positive:Definitely one of the more satisfying lenses in my collection. Sharp at all apertures, great colour, good bokeh and an ideal prime for an APS-C camera. Small but very solidly built.
negative:Not a one as long as you invest in a collapsible rubber lens hood. The existing hood allows flare in some circumstances.
comment:Great lens, definitely in the "Pride of Collection" calibre. This rates as my top general purpose prime in a collection that include ALL of the original Minolta primes. It wasn't so on my film cameras, but with the crop factor on my digitals (A100/A700) it supplants the 50mm primes. Not quite as sharp as the 50/1.7 fully open, more like the 50/1.4 - needs stopping down just a little. Most lenses do, only my 50/1.7 and my 85/1.4 are exceptions.
reviewer#3876 date: Jul-24-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24 2.8
Minolta 35 1.4 G RS
Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 28-70 G
Minolta 28-75 D
Minolta 28-135
price paid:162 USD (NIB)
positive:Very sharp
Compact
2.0!
negative:Slight distortion
Some flare
Bokeh
comment:I've had this lens for a while, but rarely use it because I normally don't shoot this wide. It's sharper than the primes compared to (except the 35 1.4). It's even more sharp than the zooms when compared to the wide end of those zooms. Colors are a little flat and requires a saturation bump in PP. Bokeh is not as creamy as the comparative lenses, but if shooting landscapes this doesn't matter much.

For such a small lens, the build is excellent. Very solid. The hood is a nice ornament but doesn't do much against flare. It doesn't handle distortion well. The zooms at the wide end do a better job.
reviewer#3732 date: Jun-18-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 35/1.4 G
Minolta 28-70/2.8 G
Canon EF 28/1,8

price paid:340 euro (new)
positive:+superb optical quality
+optical performance at 2.0
+low distortion
+compact and lightweight
negative:-bokeh
comment:Finally got one new after searching some time. Really good wide-angle for reportage on film with very nice optical quality, also compared to lenses from Nikon or Canon. All-over cutting sharpness up from 2.0, no CA, on film some distortion (...hey, it´s a 28mmm) which is nearly negligible shooting digital. Colors and contrast are very good for that range - sharpness gets a 5, colors and contrast a 4.

Flare control can be a problem and then pictures get really cooked, but in most situations you wont even notice, so 4 out of 5.

Built quality is fine, never had problems with dust behind the front glas, but compared to a 28-70/2.8 G or a 35/1.4 G I just can give a 4. Also some users complain about the small focusing ring, I never had any problems with it, although I shoot most of the time with manual focusing.

All over I can higly recommend this lens, it´s a pleasure to work with and I am sorry about sony discontinued!
reviewer#2997 date: Nov-29-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50/1.4
Sigma 20-40/2.8
Min 75-300
price paid:350 euro
positive:Sharp even @ 2.0
negative:
missing
comment:Great allround lens, due to the app 50mm equivalent

Perfect lens; spends most of the time on my camera, nice hood, great sharpness, but the bokeh/colors cant make it compared to the 50/1.4, but are better then the Sigma 20-40/2.8

Some people 'complain' about the small focus ring, I dont have any problems with that; Yes it is small but I (with my thick clumsy fingers) never had a problem using it, but I only use 1 out of 10 times solely MF, more DMF and most of the times just AF

The build: this will last forever!

I was really surprised about the sharpness @ 2.0!

Perfect lens!

1)But the 50/1.4 @ half of the price was for me more value for money!
2)But IF sony comes with a FF within 10 years, I will be glad I have both!
reviewer#2866 date: Oct-23-2007
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35 2.0 RS
price paid:€ 250 (unused)
positive:Very sharp at 2.0
Compact
negative:
missing
comment:Sharper at f 2.0 than my 35 2.0, without flare, ghosts or pf.
Some vignetting wide open.
reviewer#2634 date: Aug-15-2007
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:AF 20 f2.8
AF 24 f2.8
AF 50 f1.7
price paid:300 USD
positive:+Super sharp
+usable f2.0
+Does what a 50mm does on digital
+compact and lightweight
+great value
negative:-not wide enough for digital
-MF ring
comment:Probably my most used lens for just about most of the situation. with 1.5x crop it became a 42mm and does what the actual 50 can't do on the digital. Indoor with people, object, activities...etc. The sharpness also makes it a good object photography lens(parts, tool, eBay items...).

Highly recommanded!
reviewer#2497 date: Jul-1-2007
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 24/2.8
Minolta AF 35-70/4 Macro
Minolta AF 70-210/4
price paid:385 USD (new)
positive:-Sharp
-Contrast
-Bokeh
-Color
-F2.0
-None CA
-Compact
-Hood
negative:-None
comment:
missing
reviewer#2444 date: Jun-14-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 50 F1.7
price paid:180 GBP (used)
positive:SHARP!
Fast focus.
Great weight + size
Beautiful star-like speculars from street lights.
negative:Flare control
comment:Nice, very sharp prime.

The comments about flare control are correct. Couldn't shoot a row of candles, which I was really looking forward to with this lens -- flare and ghost images were all over the place. The Sony kit lens and the Cosina "plastic fantastic" 100/3.5 macro (both much cheaper lenses) tackled the same situation much better.

The combination of normal perspective, near focusing and shallow DOF make this an amazing creativity tool. Getting subject separation at 28 mm is very nice. Sometimes, oof spots have a bright outline.

I personally like the colour rendition, somehow I can always tell which shots I took with this lens.

Finally, it looks damn sexy on the A100!
reviewer#2398 date: Jun-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:17-35 2.8-4.0
Sigma 50mm EX DG
50mm 1.7
Beercan
Kit
price paid:EUR 299 (new)
positive:corner-to-corner sharpness
little distortion
Big F2 aperture
Great build
negative:Flare control could be better, even with hood on.
Weird bokeh.
comment:Got it new and for relatively cheap. great lens, feels good instantly. Good weight, good looks, great colors and contrast. Like the beercan and ,although less so, the 50mm 1.7. The sharpness is unbelievable. This will be my standard lens for city and landscape (although for those I will bring the 17-35 with me too).

edit november 2012:
Years later now, sold it in favor of a 85/1.4G first and then making tot step to Pentax and then to Nikon, I am still searching for a lens that can give me the sharpness and versatility of this lens. The Nikon 35/1.8 on DX comes close, but is no cigar. I am seriously considering going back to Sony for this... Crazy, am I not?
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 58
  • sharpness: 4.89
  • color: 4.90
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 4.72
  • flare control: 4.19
  • overall: 4.70

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