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

reviewer#10171 date: May-3-2012
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 35mm f1.8
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Sony 16-105 f3.5-5.6
Sony 18-55 f3.5-5.6
Sony 18-70 f3.5-5.6
price paid:£65 (used)
positive:Relatively cheap for a Minolta prime.
Small and light, but well built.
negative:Surprisingly mediocre IQ.
comment:HiDesert is absolutely spot on with the review below mine and I haven't got that much to add except to entirely concur.

Its not appalling, but its just nowhere near as good as it 'ought to be' in my opinion. Every shot I took with it was just ok, not one single shot came across as really sharp or impressive.

Out of the lenses listed above, only the unloved Sony 18-70 failed to give better IQ at the same focal length and then it was a close call.

Unless you're desperate for f2.8, if you've already got a Sony 18-55 kit lens, just give this a miss, the kit lens is both better and more flexible and that's much more of an indictment of the 28mm f2.8 than it is singing the praises of the 18-55mm kit lens. In absolute terms neither are great lenses, but the 28mm f2.8 is the weaker of the two.

Only good thing about it is that I managed to sell it for more than I bought it for.

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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