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

reviewer#27606 date: Jun-12-2016
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 own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 16 F2
Sigma AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28mm F2.8
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85
Minolta AF 28-80 D
Minolta AF 28-100 D
Minolta AF 28-105
Minolta AF 28-135
price paid:52 USD (used)
positive:Very small and light
Smooth focus control
Center sharpness
Lens compensation
negative:Soft corners
Moderate barrel distortion
Tiny/loose built-in hood
comment:Nice clean copy with a hard case purchased on eBay.
This is a plastic lens sharing a lot of design with the Minolta AF 50 F1.7. It is basically identical to the discontinued Sony AF 28 F2.8 except the focus ring. This might be the only 1985 Minolta lens that has lens compensation support in current Sony bodies. It is slightly smaller than the Minolta AF 24 F2.8 and has to do without a nice petal hood.

It performs similarly to the Minolta AF 24 F2.8. The Minolta zooms have superior image quality despite being slower, more complex lenses. The 28 f/2.8 prime does have a bit less distortion than the 28-105 and a very similar amount of distortion as the 24-85 zoom at 28 mm. Sharpness across the frame is more consistent than the 16-105 and 18-135 zooms without the center sharpness of those lenses. It also has very little image improvement over the Sony DT 18-55 SAM II.

The built-in plastic lens hood doesn't lock in, so it doesn't provide much protection for the front element. The lens looks very well-built, except for that hood.

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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