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

reviewer#9999 date: Mar-6-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 3.8
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 50mm 1.7
-Sony 50mm 1.8 DT
price paid:110 € (used)
-Small size
-Quite sharp
comment:Nice lens if you´re on a budget. You can find ´em easily on ebay. And it doesn´t loose it´s value anymore and it´s easy to sell. Good buy.

Fast 2.8 aperture. Distortion not a problem. Flaring can be. Famous for it´s ridicilous built in hood. The hood is absolutely useless. Build is all metal, so it feels very solid. Small, so it doesn´t take that much space on your camera bag.

I don´t do much pixel peeping, but seems almost as sharp as the Minolta´s 50mm 1.7.
Focus speed isn´t so fast. It isn´t slow, but it´s just not fast for a prime. 50mm is faster.

Sold mine after purchasing the 15-30mm Sigma. It just wasn´t wide enough (or fast enough) to make it useful. Because of the crop factor works on aps-c sensor like a 50mm on FF.

I would recommend it on APS-C, not so much on FF. But almost worth buying for because of the worst hood design of the history of cameras.

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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