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

reviewer#10375 date: Jul-13-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 F1.7
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
Sony DT16-50 F2.8 SSM
price paid:90EUR (used)
positive:- lightweight
- compact lens
- colors
- bokeh
- sharpness
negative:- not so wide on APS-C
comment:PREVIOUS: My copy is definitively not so sharp, even stopped down is far from the results of the other lenses. Maybe the lenses are a bit disaligned but i don't know... (READ BELOW)

EDIT: I used this lens with my A77 and the sharpness problem went away... maybe it was a backfocus problem or similar with the A200, that can explain why it showed at all apertures.
Now the sharpness compares very well to the 16-50/2.8 and it's only a bit less than 50/1.7.

This lens has very beautiful colors and bokeh at wide open, it's lightweight and small enough to be very confortable to carry with.

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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