Minolta AF 28mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by andyken
|andyken#10171 date: May-3-2012|
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|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.