Minolta AF 28mm F2 A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#43002 date: Feb-4-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 Super Wide II
Discover 25 F1.8
Minolta MD 28 F2
Neewer 28 F2.8
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 EX DG
Sigma 30 F1.4 EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Fotasy 35 F1.6
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
price paid:240 USD (used)
positive:Compact
Flat focus plane
Fast AF
Petal hood
55 mm filter thread
negative:Softness/alignment
Focus shift
Chromatic aberrations
Noisy focus mechanism
Slightly warm color cast
comment:A well used, dusty copy with original hood and lens caps. There seems to be some haze on the internal elements and the front element has the coating worn in places. It was described in better condition so I am returning this to the seller. This lens was originally about three times the price of the 28 F2.8 and still remains that way today. "JAPAN"

This lens performs much like the 28 F2.8 at the same apertures. The softness wide-open is similar to the Sigma 28 F1.8, but the focus plane is much flatter than the Sigma at least on APS-C. There is a directional glow much like the Sigma that probably indicates an alignment issue. I suspect other copies of these lenses might better aligned and sharper. The much bigger Sigma has less corner shading, but the Minolta F2 has brighter corners than the other lenses--at F2.8 it has less corner shading than the 28 F2.8. It also performs identically to the earlier Minolta MD 28 F2.

It has a warm color cast much like the Sigma and some Minolta zooms while the 28 F2.8 is cooler like most of the Sony lenses.

There is little reason to get this lens over the smaller, cheaper F2.8. It is better than the Sigma F1.8 EX DG. Of course many zooms are also quite good at 28 mm.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 62
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.89
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.69
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.68
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