Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#12030 date: Nov-10-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:(APS-C) Sony SEL1650PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom (E-mount)
(APS-C) Sony SAL1870 DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (2000s kit lens)
(FF) Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (1980s standard zoom)
(FF) Minolta AF 28-135mm f/4-4.5 (secret handshake)
(FF) Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4
price paid:450 USD (BGN)
positive:-Sharp, even at f/2.8, even better at f/4 or f/5.6
-Fast aperture, and very similar exposures at all focal lengths.
-Accepts a lens hood (instantly better than secret handshake).
-Minimal distortion for an older zoom lens.
-Very little chromatic aberration.
-Fantastic for portraits, even in low light. Usable indoors!
-Aesthetically matches the A900 (IMO)
negative:-Heavy, huge, a bit of a burden to carry.
-Useless range on APS-C, don't bother trying it.
-Focus is slow by modern standards.
-Lens hood is stubby and won't help too much.
-HORRIBLE minimum focus distance, 1:11 Macro (but this is a design limitation, and you should know it before you buy).
-Sans "D" function, so ADI flash isn't going to work.
comment:I bought this to replace my secret handshake when shooting indoors. It is incredible and I instantly fell in love with it. Hands down my favorite lens for candid portraits.

If only a hybrid of this lens and the secret handshake existed. I find myself wanting a little more reach, a little faster focus, but without giving up any aperture.
reviewer#12010 date: Oct-26-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50ZA 1.4
24-70CZ
85G 1.4
price paid:500USD
positive:Minolta Color
Good bokeh
Internal zoom
negative:Hood is useless
MFD could be better
comment:the lens is sharp wide open from 28-45mm. low contrast from 50-70mm, but the detail is good. when comparing this lens to 2470CZ, the zeiss is clearly a winner overall, but i love the color and bokeh from 2870G. Great lens for it's age
reviewer#11800 date: May-1-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70 2.8 ZA
24-70 2.8 EX DG HSM
price paid:500 CHF
positive:Great colors with outstanding bokeh
negative:nothing much knowing that it is at least 15 years older to the compared lenses
comment:A legendary lens ... newer glasses outperform it in speed, sharpness and contrast. Nevertheless, this one will remain a G(iant) through time
reviewer#11724 date: Mar-14-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA AF 28-85mm f3.5-4.5 I find them equal in sharpness, but contrast is better on 28-70 lens.
price paid:used $ 600
positive:The MINOLTA colors and contrast shines with this lens. Gives very good picktures at all apertures. Nice bookee. Quick autofocus - never hunts.
negative:Heavy! Best with the sun from behind.
(sharper when stopped down to f4)
comment:I don't use this on APS-C cameras. IT is very heavy to log around, thou it is made as a tank for proffessionals and it will last for centuries......
reviewer#11532 date: Dec-8-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Minolta 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X
price paid:USD450 used
positive:+ looks pretty, same texture as the A99
+ already sharp at f/2.8, getting better from there
+ internal zoom and focus
+ colors and contrast are great
+ smooth bokeh
+ focus-hold button
+ 72mm filter thread like many Minolta/Sony lenses
negative:- standard hood is worthless, I recommend a knock-off Canon EW78-BII (from their 28-135mm)
- AF is slow but pretty reliable, no real problem with the A99
- MFD could be shorter
comment:This is a solid lens with a personality of its own.

Build / handling:
Feels very balanced and comfortable on the larger bodies. I like the fact that it does not extend when zooming. Built to last and very attractive design.

AF is OK with the newer bodies, flare resistance is not bad in my example, no issue with a deep petal hood (see above).

IQ:
Solid portrait and event lens, f/2.8 is usable across the range with my example when you nail the focus, f/3.2-3.5 is a bit more robust. This lens has a certain quality that is hard to explain, I like the portraits I'm getting from it.

Great fast standard zoom lens for FF.
reviewer#11468 date: Nov-11-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-105, 28-13
price paid:Aus$800. 5 years ago
positive:Built like a tank, and internal zoom. APerture, Minolta colours are wonderful
negative:Min focus distance as everybody says- sharpness at 70mm not ideal (at wide open) but good between 28-50. The painting of numbers to indicate focal length has worn awawy (minor gripe!)
comment:It's a lovely lens and the build and quality are great. Sharpness however at 70mm at 2.8-3.5 is not perfect.
reviewer#11446 date: Nov-7-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MAF 28-135 4.0-4.5, MAF 28-75 2.8, SAL 18-55,
price paid:500 EUR (used)
positive:Very good color rendition, quite sharp from f.28, very sharp on f.5.6 and further, wonderful image creation also with remarkable 3D effects, well build, create very good pictures quality, G lens quality, flare in mine is not a problem. Goods for portraits and flash use. Mine example is not noisy working. Good working on A77 and A350.
negative:A bit heavy, strange and useless original lens hood, no Macro. Very rarely and difficult to find on Ebay, expensive. None more.
comment:Great lens, the best lens I have, and first G in my bag. Every photographer wish, if it could be found, don't think too long, take and try.
reviewer#11343 date: Sep-16-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minol 24-105
Minol 50 1.7
Beercan
Cz 24-70
price paid:600 USD
positive:Minolta G magic,color redention is very smooth, sharpness ok, 3d effect better than cz
negative:Flare is horrible, but when I used 16-50 hood, flare is under control
Noisy & slow AF
comment:Legendary lens from minolta, nice to have
reviewer#11291 date: Aug-4-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 1650 D 2.8
2470 2.8 Zeiss
2870 D 2.8 Minolta
price paid:600 (Mint)
positive:Magical images, Sweet Bokeh, built like a tank, internal zoom, classic minolta design,
Constant Appeture across zoom
negative:Worst Flare in a lens ever!
MFD is horrid! at 85cm!
no SSM, loud focus
comment:I bought this lens reading and hearing of its ledgendary status, had always wanted a 24-70 or 28-70 range for FF, and its been a juggle deciding between the Zeiss and the G lens.

The Zeiss 2470 is sharp n contrasty but the distortion on 24mm and the bokeh was rather un-artistic. and its colour render were a bit sterile and cold to my eyes. its awesome MFD and T* coating beats the G any day. however does not have the G magic!

Enter the 2870G, the more i use it the more I can see how it is a very Artistic lens. Bokeh screams beauty.
I have two copies of the 2870G, since its 2nd hand and 20 yr old (made in 1993), d optics on both have some haze, I suspect it is causing the flare to get worst. but on favourable lighitng, it is as good as gold. A really good lens if u don't need speed, and have the time to really get artistic with focus and bokeh, take the time to compose before shooting. for wedding photographers, I would recomand the Zeiss if u want run and gun, but if u shoot pre weddings and have the time to direct and compose, this may be the better choice! and u can use Flare to your full artistic advantage!

Its super bad MFD means u can't shoot subjects close up (for me a good close up for this sort of lens is 50cm or less), if you love to shoot things close, forget this lens, but if you can deal with it, for me, I force myself to include an interesting foreground object mid ground and background, u will be rewarded with beautifully creamy foreground, sharp midground and silky smooth background. work around its weakness, this lens forces you to think on your feet!

Did lots of experiment on the Flare to understand its flare characteristics, what most ppl say is true, the provided lens Hood is an absolute joke, was planing to buy a 3rd party hood like from canon or nikons 2870 petal hood. both seems like good options but need serious modifications to the attachment, I happen to have the 1650 2.8 lens hood (ACL-SH117), and it did not fit at first, but with a bit of fiddling, it fit perfectly. no modifications need! and it looks professional and beautiful. tested out that hood, and it does do a fairly decent job.
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic40247_post1199589.html#1199589

If you are buing a copy of this lens, PLS make sure u check the optics! most likely it has haze and u will have to return it to seller or fix it. it has 16 elements in 11 groups, if the haze happen to be in the group it may be impossible to fix it. I notice its most prone to hazing on the first few frontal elements, so use a torch light to check before buying. This is a great minolta hallmark lens if you can find a mint copy.

I had the 28-70D 2.8 minolta for 1.5 years before selling it, it was horrid at 2.8, vs the G, G is way better, and considered mildly sharp in good lighing. both lens are sharp at f4, but the G out class it by miles for Image Quality, on colours, and bokeh and rendering. the only good thing about the 2870D is its weight and faster focus, but if you are serious about photography and paid for your work, the 2870G will inspire confidence in your hands and your clients and most assuardly offer better results. you get what you pay for. for the price its not 4 times better, but it sure is priceless when you get that perfect shot.
reviewer#11227 date: Jun-30-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200 G SSM
Minolta 17-35/3.5 G
Minolta 24/2.8
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 50/2.8 Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Solid build
very consistent image quality stopped down
negative:slightly disappointing wide open
prone to flaring
ridiculous hood
comment:No doubt a good lens. But of all the Gs and other higher end Minolta lenses I own and used, this is the one that impressed me the least. At max aperture it is not on par with the other G zooms or primes. Stopped down to f/4 it is a very nice performer but it isn't really exceptional either in my eyes. I often find myself taking only the 50mm macro to fill the gap between the 17-35 and whatever tele lens I'm taking instead of the bulky 28-70.
reviewer#10542 date: Sep-25-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-75 f2.8 D
Minolta 35 f2
Minolta 85 f1.4 G
Minolta 100 f2.8 macro
CZ 135 f1.8
price paid:450 € (mint)
positive:G color and bokeh
G solidity
negative:See comments
comment:This only lens exemplifies the so-called "G magic".
OK, it flares, it isn't tack sharp wide open, it has a narrow zoom range and a cumbersome MFD and a derisive hood... But, as soon as you are all set to overlook its oddities, it shines like no other in this range!
reviewer#9745 date: Jan-2-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
Sony 50mm F1.4
Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Minolta 100mm F2.0
Sony 35mm F1.4
price paid:450 EUR used
positive:excellent colours
beautiful bokeh
strongly built
sharp
negative:MFD - could be restrictive in some situations
flare resistance
comment:I love this lens. The pictures captured via this glass show off by themselves - outstanding colours and bokeh.

Sharpnesswise - both Minoltas 100mm I own are sharper, but the difference is not huge and those are primes.

Flare - this is probably the only real downside. Be prepared to use a 3rd party hood, not the original one (which is just not enough at all). Try not to include the sun in your pics otherwise you loose a lot of contrast and probably get ugly blobs.

In general, when used properly, it delivers what you expect of the lens of this class. Recommended.
reviewer#9744 date: Jan-2-2012
sharpness: 2.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
price paid:500 euro
positive:Colour
Bokeh
Build
negative:Not sharp wide open
Long mfd
Slow af
Heavy
comment:Let me stress I think a got a bad sample of this lens, but none the less here's my take.

My copy was never sharp wide open and needed stopping down to f4.5-5.6 to get reasonable sharpness. The MFD is restrictively long making in door use awkward, the auto focus speed is also quite slow. Nice bokeh and colours cannot make up for all this lens' shortcoming all in all a huge disappointment. IMHO give this lens a miss get the tamron 28-75mm, half the price, sharp wide open, faster AF and a far more usable MFD.

reviewer#9743 date: Jan-2-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:600 € (used/as mint)
positive:Color and 3D sensations
negative:Slow AF and only 70 cn for min AF distance. A little much longer distance on 28mm focal
comment:I don't know how the equivalent Zeiss works, but I'm a old fan of Minolta brand.. so this is one of the best lenses made by my loved brand and it works excellently with my Minolta 9 Film Camera too.
reviewer#9534 date: Oct-27-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mi 24-85 / 3.5-4.5 RS
KM 28-75 / 2.8
Tamron 24-135 /
price paid:475 euro (used)
positive:- sharpness
- colour
- microcontrast.
negative:- focus speed.
- the hood
- mfd
comment:After reading all the positive reviews I decided to go for it myself.
I found a pretty cheap copy.
First I took the time to properly do micro adjust on my 850.
(see other reviewers).
Then I did a comparison with the lenses mentioned (that I had in my possesion).
When shooting raw the G is the winner when it comes to sharpness (image wide any length). Microcontrast of this lens is oustanding and compensates for any loss of sharpness (if there is any). Colour is very pleasing. I can not but agree with others that the images have something 3-dimensional (I find the statement somewhat silly but nevertheless).
Colour is good. Less yellow then my KM 28-75. I would say on par with my 24-85RS and Tamron 24-135. Shooting in whatever light gives nice colours. Mind you: faulty whitebalance can mess up (as with any lens). So the magical Minolta colour is not my cup of tea: postprocessing can do a lot IMHO.
Artaphot mentions and shows some softness. Possibly related with highlight shots? I find my copy sharper then any 'compared to' lenses. That is a big plus for me.
The hood is a laugh. I had a hood from my 'deceased' Sigma 17-70 that, with some minor filing, fits (YES!) and does a more then decent job (GREAT!).

When shooting jpg's from the camera (A850 latest SW version) the above mentioned sharpness differences are negligible, hardly visible (except in some very low contrast areas).

Weight is not an issue for me.
KM28-75 and Tamron 24-135 are lighter but not by much. Camera plus lens is some 300 grs heavier with the G (~1,6 kg against ~1,3 kg).

MFD requires attention.

All in all I am very happy with this lens.
reviewer#9426 date: Sep-16-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Maxxum AF 35-105mm (old)
price paid:$800.00
positive:Booming great color and bokeh
Great sharpness across the image wide open
Reasonably fast focus with FF firmware upgrade
negative:None. (Well, I wish it were lighter to tote around.)
comment:This is the one I'll turn to for most of my walk-around photography now. I have been spoiled by the 35-105 for its color, sharpness and lighter weight. I can see the AF28-70 moving closer into position to rival my old classic zoom. This is the first of two G lenses for me. The focus micro-adjusts on the A850 extremely well. Several test shots taken at the Farmer's Street Market last weekend blew me away when I pulled them into Lightroom 3. The OOF is magical. Overall, a superior optic, made with prime materials and a precision difficult to find in the current production lens market.
reviewer#8887 date: Apr-7-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$800 Used/Mint
positive:Everything: Internal zoom, solid build, color, contrast and bokeh!
negative:Nothing on the a900
comment:I had sometimes toyed with the idea of selling this lens simply because it wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer (on my a700s), but the beautiful colors, contrast and bokeh forced me to keep it and I'm sure glad I did.

Now that I have the a900 and have fine-tuned the lens with the camera's "Micro Adjust" feature, I find it to be just as sharp as ANY lens out there!! It now features the best of all worlds!

So - long story short = 5s across the board! I'll never sell this lens unless I need the cash for surgery or some other life changing event!

Ponz
reviewer#8773 date: Mar-10-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 24-70
Sony 70-200 SSM G
price paid:500€
positive:all
negative:what?
comment:my comment is only over a900 tested. Why?

it is complex in mechanical design, It's hard to get a mint sharp copy but in A900 is not problem by micro adjust setup.

razor Sharp, Bokeh is in other galaxy, the best 3D, CZ 24-70 is very far.

My Best G lens and I have 5 G lens, but remember, only for A900 camera because you need micro adjust for razor sharp sure.

reviewer#8619 date: Feb-6-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 1,7
50 1,4
price paid:300€ (from a friend)
positive:Color and sharpness
negative:A bit heavy,
Autofocus slow
Prone to flare
comment:With new A850 software it focus better.

In my opinion with FF it is one of the best lens available, no need to buy CZ 24-70, the only real drawback is the weight ( When I need to be light I use 50 1,4 )
reviewer#8221 date: Nov-9-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50/2.8
Tamron 28-70/2.8
Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70/3.4-4.5
Minolta 85G
price paid:350 (broken ring)
positive:Excellent Build
Big size and stable
AF is reasonable speed
negative:Weight
comment:I got this lens today, and i am very exited to test this lens. My second G lens.

When i hold the lens, i was so surprise that the lens is so big compare to mini beercan and Minolta 35-105. The weight is so significant different to those 2. My hand suffer after 30min of shooting. haha.

The lens was surprisingly AF fast in A700. It zoom ring is very smooth. When shooting on the A700, it give the stable balance feel. I would say superb mechanical engineering on the lens.

The build material for the lens is different to other minolta lens. it material used is really solid. Well engineered lens.


reviewer#7839 date: Aug-21-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70 f2.8 EG DG
price paid:
missing
positive:+excellent build
+internal focus
+sharp 28-50
negative:-sharpness @70mm
comment:The lens is a bit heavy but it produces excellent results. Compared to the Sigma it is sharper at f2.8 from 28 to 50mm. At 70mm you should stop down to f4. The Sigma delivers sharper results above f5.6. Minolta colors are more neutral and the Minolta bokeh is better. Build is exceptional good - a true G lens.
reviewer#7815 date: Aug-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100/2.8, beercan, Zeiss 16-80
price paid:850 (like new)
positive:everything
negative:Crappy stock hood
comment:I’ve had this lens for about a month now. I hadn’t really put it to a good test until just yesterday. You see, I contemplated selling it due to financial reasons; but when I saw what this lens is capable of, I quickly ended the sale.

I’ve always been one to determine a lens’ quality by how ‘sharp’ it is. That has always been my benchmark. That is, until now. Wide open this lens is not as sharp as I had hoped for, but certainly sharp enough. Sure, shoot the text on a magazine page at 2.8 and you’ll certainly notice a difference between this and, let’s say, the Minolta 100mm 2.8 or even the beercan. My personal test has always been shooting my African Grey parrot. I like to, distinctly, see each individual strand of a feather under 100% magnification. But has that been practical? This lens says no.

Now, let’s get real here. Shoot a typical subject whether it is animate or inanimate, under normal conditions and this lens will shine. The colors are extraordinary and the bokeh is the cream of the crop. This lens makes me wish I was an artist, a painter.

Glare/flare has not been an issue since I located a good aftermarket hood. There is no CA or distortion. It zooms and focuses internally. It’s not overly long and built like a tank.

If you can find a gently loved one for under a grand, go for it.
reviewer#6800 date: Jan-22-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70mm f/2.8 CZ
price paid:450 USD (new)
positive:Smooth OOF details, sharp in focus subjects. Great....grrrrreat colors!
negative:Large MFD
comment:I think its finally time for me to say a few words about this fine 0.85 kg of optical engineering.

If you look at all the reviews for this lens you will find that so far it has consistently rated a "5/5" for color. Even the beloved 200/2.8 G doesn't score this high on color. All I can say is, this lens deserves it. Colors are magical, and coupled with the KM 7D it is a painter's....I don't know....weapon?

It is sharp, though not razor sharp like the 24-70mm CZ. I still consider it a 5/5 because the overall "feel" of images from this lens is very sharp.

The large MFD used to bother me but you can work around it composition wise.

Build, distortion, flare etc. are all 5 because I have yet to find a flaw in any respect.

Every now and then someone will bring up its ill fated descendant: 28-70mm f/2.8 SSM G (D) which wasn't internal zoom like this one. That might be just the only other negative aspect of owning one!

edit 2012/06/10: the out of focus areas ("bokeh") of this lens can be best described by the word "creamy". A side effect of the size and weight of this lens is that images at low shutter speeds can turn out soft. In comparison to my 18-70 kit lens, I think this is a disadvantage because getting accurate focus, aperture, and shutter speed at once can take a while and you may lose the shot too easily. I am learning to use this lens manually these days and its a rewarding experience because I think this lens was designed to be used that way.
reviewer#6780 date: Jan-19-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8
Tamron 28-75/2.8
price paid:$800
positive:Build
negative:Close focus too long
Cost
comment:I purchased this lens in "New Old Stock" condition a couple years ago after reading the reviews. After using the lens and much testing I decided to sell the example I had. It was NOT getting the job done at f2.8. Wide open the lens was useless to me...ghosting and flair was very noticeable. Stopped down the lens was great but I bought the lens to shoot wide-open. The KM and Tamron 28-75/2.8's were MUCH better. I think I just got a bad sample.
reviewer#6777 date: Jan-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-75/2.8D. Although I liked the 28-75D for its sharpness and faster focusing speed, I began to prefer this lens for its image quality. On the maxxum 9 slow AF becomes a non-issue.

24-70CZ: Colors are superior in that CZ images appeared very "plastic" and glossy in comparison. CZ also extends when zooming which was a big deal breaker for me.
price paid:1200USD +1100USD new
positive:Solid construction. Workmanship.
Two apertures.
Focus hold button. Non-rotating front element, length does not change while zooming.
negative:Slow AF speed, heavy, flare, no SSM.
As said multiple times before, the hood is a joke.
comment:I have two copies of this lens, both bought in 2007. My second copy consistently produces sharper images than the first. Both however are exceptional compared to every other zoom in this category (24-70CZ while sharp, seems to produce images that are too "antiseptic")

Took this lens on a road trip in India and Scotland. In rain, blizzard, the lens survived and kept churning out one awesome shot after another. Flare, even when visible, adds a nice natural touch to the shots. This lens is a gem.
reviewer#6776 date: Jan-19-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85 f1.4 G D
Minolta 85mm F1.4 D
Minolta 80-200 f2.8 G apo HS
CZ 24-70 f2.8 SSM
Tamron SPAF 70-200 f2.8 Di LD (IF) macro
Tamron SPAF 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LD (IF)
Sony 70-400mm G 4-5.6 SSM
price paid:$900 AUD used
positive:colours absolutely rock
bokeh supreme
super creamy
good sharpness
focus speed fine on a900
negative:definitely not as sharp as the KM 28-75 f2.8
close focussing distance is poor
comment:This is tough because I really love this lens and the pictures it produces really pop but there are a couple of drawbacks. It is absolutely not as sharp at the centre or edges at full crop on any camera vs the (cheaper KM 28-75 f2.8), CZ 24-70 f2.8, Minolta 80-200 f2.8 G or Tamron 70-200 f2.8 at 70mm f2.8. By f4 there are no differences but at f2.8 it isn't as sharp. I have just had this lens serviced and focus aligned etc so it is in as new condition but still not as sharp. However we are talking at 100% crops with a marginal loss in sharpness (5-10%) at best and at normal shooting it isn't even noticeable. All other ranges and f-stops are better regarding sharpness. The other qualities of this lens balance and make up for this fact with perfect colour reproduction (unlike the KM 28-75 f2.8)....at f2.8 there is some light fall off in the corners but that happens to a similar extent with the KM 28-75 f2.8 and the CZ 24-70 f2.8 on the a900 particularly at 24/28mm f2.8. Overall I love this lens but don't expect it to be pin sharp at 70mm f2.8. **** UPDATE - had the front elements replaced and the lens now performs much much better - must have been something slightly damaged originally.
reviewer#6041 date: Sep-14-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Vario-Sonnar T*
- Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T*
- Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DF
- Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5
- Minolta 28mm f/2
- Minolta 50mm f/2.8 Macro RS
price paid:
missing
positive:- sharp right from f/2.8
- excellent bokeh
- built like a tank
- internal zooming
- circular aperture blades
negative:- slow focus speed
- short MFD
- no WA on APS-C
- silly hood
comment:This beauty has a few obvious drawbacks such as relatively slow focusing speed, long minimum focusing distance, 42-105mm equivalent range on APS-C, and the often-criticized silly lens shade.

For me it is still a KEEPER despite all the aforementioned negatives. *IMAGE QUALITY* is the keyword here. Excellent sharpness (right from wide open), pleasing bokeh, and classic Minolta color were what I was looking after, and the G delivers! It definitely produces visibly better images than the two Sigma mid-range zooms (24-60/2.8 & 24-70/2.8) I previously owned. This thing is a great deal at less than half of the CZ 24-70's price.

Sure its focusing speed is on the slow side, but I have used this lens to photograph multiple events and rarely missed any shots if at all. Flare hasn't been an issue as I mostly use this lens indoor or in low-light situations. A Minolta 85/1.4 (original, G, or G D) lens hood makes a good substitute since it doesn't produce any visible vignetting on APS cameras.

Bottom line, if you need 24mm on the wide end, very fast AF speed, and money is not a problem, go for the Zeiss. Otherwise the G deserves some serious thought.

*Update* If only can the 28-70 G focus closer and faster.. Alas, I finally yield to the temptation of CZ 24-70/2.8..
reviewer#5906 date: Aug-25-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:750 EUR
positive:great colours
build quality
great bokeh
internal focus system
focus hold button
filter doesn't rotate while focusing and zooming
negative:
missing
comment:It was my 1st G lens and I think it was great choice, a little bit expensive, but it's worth. Like a tank!
I changed the original circle hood for a hand-made flower-type bayonet hood.
reviewer#5629 date: Jul-2-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 17 80mm or SONY DT
MInolta AF 50 f1,7
price paid:ebay 700€
positive:Colors absolutly amazing
Big for a standard
negative:Sharpness not the top but...
Hood is not well and with the flare...

comment:An amazing tool for the lanscape my favorite using.The shaprness is not the best(AF50f1,7 is better) but there is a secret for the result of coloration of the pictures.
I will keep this lens on a desert Island to capture my last time...
reviewer#5540 date: Jun-16-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A lot of lens - too many to named them.
price paid:USD$750
positive:** Amazing colours
** Excellent robust built
** Amazing Bokeh
** Excellent contrast
negative:** Useless hood
** 72mm filter size
** Performance varies with sample copies
comment:I have used 3 different copies of the minolta 28-70mm G. Bear in mind that this lens is 20+ years old and complex in mechanical design (especially it's internal zooming) Thus, It's hard to get a mint sharp copy. A lot of reviewers bought their lens from ebay and it's could be either a mis-aligned copy or a bad lemon copy. Thus results varies.

If you lay your hands on a good copy that focus accurately, the results can be amazing. Don't expect crystal razor sharp at 70mm F2.8 . It doesn't happen to me on my 3 copies that i've used and owned before.

At 70mm f2.8, the image is slightly soft and low in contrast. At 28mm , 50mm f2.8 , it's magical. Extremely sharp and usable. At any focal length, stopped to f4, it's comparable to minolta prime lens ! .. razor sharp and with amazing bokeh and colours.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 63
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.97
  • distortion: 4.90
  • flare control: 4.38
  • overall: 4.79

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