Sony AF 28mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by NIKO
|NIKO#9229 date: Jul-11-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta AF 50 f1.7, Konica Minolta AF 28-75 f2.8 D, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 F2.8 ZA SSM|
|positive:||Sharp wide open (center sweet spot of lens), good build, fast focus, smooth focus ring, low distortion, no vignetting on APS-C cameras.|
|negative:||Built in lens hood isn't the best. If you use a filter the hood doesn't really do the job.|
|comment:||A useful Prime lens. At least if you want a lens that gives you more of a "normal" view on an APS-C DSLR that a standard Minolta/Sony 50 f1.7/1.4 can't give you.|
The lens is sharp wide open and it doesn't tend to be like my old Minolta 28 f2.8 where the lens seemed to be hit or miss on the AF unless you are doing close up work. Too many soft images from the Minolta version. It has a good weight and a decent build. The multi-coatings on the glass seems to do a great job reducing flare. The lens shows very little CA under the worst conditions.
To be honest, I don't know why I bought this lens when I have the Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 and KM 28-75 f2.8. However, I wanted to get a good "Prime" lens collection going for indoor studio type work or outdoor shoots. So far I have the Sony 28 f2.8, Sony 50 f1.4 & Sigma 70 f2.8 EX DG Macro to fill this need. Other lenses like an 85 f1.4 or 135 f1.8 may come into the picture should I go FF in the future.
As mentioned above on a camera with an APS-C sensor it will give you a film equivalent field of view of 42mm. Slightly wider than "50mm," but just fine.