Minolta AF 28mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by HiDesert

reviewer#10012 date: Mar-9-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm F1.7
Sony 35mm F1.8
Sony 18-55
Sony 18-200
Sony 16-105
Tamron 17-50 F2.8
price paid:$100 IIRC
positive:Built like a tank
negative:Soft
comment:This lens is the example to bring up if anyone ever tells you that any prime lens is better than any zoom lens. Other than being F2.8, this lens produces no better image quality than any of the zooms I listed in "compared to." And that includes the 18-200, the worst walkaround zoom I've ever had. The 18-55, 16-105, and certainly the 17-50 all produce sharper images than this lens, even if you stop this prime down. And it's nowhere near the same leage of image quality as the 50mm F1.7 or the 35mm F1.8. Now that I've got my Tamron 17-50 F2.8, I might sell this lens. I got it when the 18-200, that champion of mediocrity, that poster child of underwhelmingness, and even with that comparison the 28mm F2.8 failed to impress. If my 18-55 broke, I'd trade this for a good 18-55 without a second thought. Even that basic kit zoom is sharper and more fun to use.

To sum up; I'm not impressed.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 138
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.28
  • flare control: 3.86
  • overall: 4.31
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