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

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reviewer#9957 date: Feb-21-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:€ 75 (used)
positive:- Sharp
- Nice colors
- Compact
- Cheap
negative:- Lens hood is useless
comment:
missing
reviewer#9945 date: Feb-18-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
Sony SAL 18-70 3.5-5.6
price paid:70 EUR (used)
positive:nice color
small/light weight
sharp
natural/neutral angle of view
negative:tiny hood
comment:Bought this lens to use on my Minolta Dynax film SLR. I rarely used it. I really like it on my Alpha 700 for street photography. I could recommend it without a doubt and will keep it - FF times will come in the future.
reviewer#9913 date: Feb-11-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 24-85mm
minolta 50mm f3.5 macro
sigma 18-200mm
price paid:65 usd
positive:sharp minolta colors, lens construction, cheap alternative wide lens for your sony alpha aps-c close to 50mm.
negative:the lens hood is cute but not very helpful...
comment:another vintage lens from minolta. its wide for full frame but for aps-c it will give you the sweet spot almost 50mm to take snapshots in almost any situation.. its a walk around lens for me. its this one or the 50mm f3.5 macro.
reviewer#9816 date: Jan-18-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Sony AF DT 50 F1.8
Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6
price paid:Rp. 1.100.000
positive:Sharp, Sharp, Sharp!
Definitely Minolta colors
Build like AK-47
negative:For this price? Nay.
comment:This is the best, cheapest, widest prime someone can afford. Sharp even wide open. Small, light, yet metal build. On APSC sensor, it is closer to 50mm, only slightly wider. Thus, for such price, this is the best lens for street shots, indoor shots, and, of course, long exposure night starry sky with ISO 400 and below.

Beautiful, warm toned colors, like all original Minolta AF mounts. Best bokeh of course at the minimum focus distance.

Oh, and the lens have built in hood, and as you may already know, a hood is just a gimmick for boosting looks. Using hands are always better. :P
reviewer#9798 date: Jan-17-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24mm f2.8 Super Wide II
price paid:80 EUR
positive:small, light, sharp, excellent colours
negative:
missing
comment:my favourite lens at the moment.
reviewer#9483 date: Oct-9-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
price paid:75 GBP
positive:Cheap
Filter size
Colour
negative:Build
comment:A little soft at the edges with large apertures. Not as sharp throughout as my Sigma 17-70, but lovely Minolta colours. Small and easy to keep in a bag side pocket. Build is a little dodgy, but I think that's probably just mine as one a friend has is alot better.
reviewer#9436 date: Sep-18-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-105 3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:4200 THB (135 USD)
positive:Price
Build
Color
Distortion
negative:Only 28mm (42mm APS-C)
Only 2.8
comment:Waited to get this one for a while for a wider than 50mm with a low price.

From other reviews I thought it was not bad at all and I've found that it's kinda good

At 28mm from 28-105 causes more distortion from this len and except for its length this little one is much better

Tried some portrait shot but I think I prefer an image from my 50 f1.7 and 100-200 f4.5 but it's perfect to stick with my camera all the time for gerneral shooting

I'll try 24 f2.8 in the future for the length so this 28 will be useful until then :-)
reviewer#9306 date: Aug-6-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
Sony 18-55 SAM
price paid:£92 ( used )
positive:Price
Sharp
Brightness
Built like a tank
negative:slightly strange focal range
Hoods worthless ( but funky design )
comment:This lens gets a hard time from reviewers and its a shame, because it is one of the must haves for the a-mount used bargain hunter.

Nice sharp images, good colour ( not quiet as good as other Minoltas from the era, but still impressive )

Excellent build quality, not to heavy but substantial, quiet a bit of metal. they dont make them like this any more.

Nice and bright, shame its not an f1.8, but 2.8 opens up some opportunities that no zoom can touch near this price range.

Strangest thing on this lens is the range, 28mm (42mm APS-c ) just seems odd. not sure how to describe it. not wide, but off normal, just does not seem to sit to well. Compose your pictures with some though though and this becomes a somewhat lesser worry.

Overall a great little lens and i really don't know why it gets such a panning , if yiu can pick one up, i recommend you do so!!!
reviewer#9198 date: Jul-1-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:85 USD (used)
positive:Very Sharp
Little Distortion
Small Size
negative:
missing
comment:This is my go to lens on the A55 and a landscape lens for my A850. On both cameras this lens is quite sharp all the way across the frame. My copy must be excellent as I have seen some less than stellar reviews. In my opinion this lens IS stellar, especially considering the sub $100 price.
reviewer#9136 date: Jun-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100.00
positive:Sharp
Fabulous colours
build
lightweight
negative:nothing comes to mind
comment:What should be expected all the way, SHARP.
reviewer#9101 date: Jun-7-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minnolta 85mm f1.4
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Sony 50mm f1.4
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Sony 17-70mm (kit lens)
price paid:75 USD (used)
positive:- color
- light and compact
negative:- not sharp at wide open
- flare
comment:This lens is great for walk-around lens. I spent one week roadtrip and used only this lens. I were very happy with photos I took that week. Flare is a problem with this lens sometimes.
reviewer#9068 date: May-30-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta zoom lens that drop down to 28mm
price paid:100
positive:Cheap crisp and easy to use.
negative:None
comment:I hoped for a bit wider angle. It seems very fast and is currently the fastest lens I own. I haven't done night shooting yet so don't know the ramifications of the speed. At typically $100 US on Ebay, it's quite affordable to get started. There are wider and faster lens out there..., for $300+ each.
reviewer#8932 date: Apr-16-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50/1.7
24/2.8
price paid:200 CAD
positive:Nifty integrated hood
Good all purpose focal length
negative:Colours not as nice as 50/1.7 or 24/2.8
comment:After I got a 24/2.8, this lens has been struggling for my affections. Now that I upgraded my body, this lens enjoys a little better life as a walkaround lens on my older body. I like the focal length on a crop sensor.
reviewer#8715 date: Feb-28-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon 24mm f1.4 L
Canon 24mm f2.8
Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS
price paid:$50 USD
positive:small size
built in hood
fast focus
cheap cost
negative:slowish aperture
comment:My biggest complaint about this lens is that the f2.8 aperture is the same speed as many zoom lenses. Good zoom lenses are about equal in overall image quality to this lens (that is to say both are very good).
Which I would want to use comes down to whether you want a smaller/cheaper fixed focal length lens or a larger/more useful zoom lens.
reviewer#8675 date: Feb-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 35/1.8 SAM
CZ 16-80
price paid:120 (used)
positive:lovely vivid colors
negative:not very sharp till 5.6.
comment:Somehow I like this lens. I still prefer it above the Sony DT 35/1.8 SAM.
reviewer#8575 date: Jan-27-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:50 Can
positive:colour
build
great for low light
sharp
negative:nothing
comment:I have owned quite a few of these and I have always enjoyed using it. Very sharp. A great little prime which will fit in your pocket. Always had great results. A good fast prime with all the classic Minolta attributes.
reviewer#8023 date: Sep-26-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Tamron SP AF 17-50 F2.8
price paid:105€ (second hand)
positive:- Cheap
- Compact
- Sharp
negative:- 28mm on a F2.8 zoom is pretty much the same
- Sucks for landscapes
comment:This lens is great if you use it right. It's perfect for street photography (or anything short/middle range), but totally sucks for landscapes.

The "problem" is, if you have a F2.8 zoom, you won't see the difference between the 28/2.8 and the 28mm position on the zoom.
reviewer#7917 date: Sep-1-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:M50 1.7
Sigma 17-70
price paid:
missing
positive:small
light
build
negative:mine was not too sharp
colors a tad less then M50 1.7
slow
painful manual focus ring like all of its generation
comment:got this because I liked the FOV in a small package and thought to give it a spin for street photography. compared with the M50 is dissapointing - pictrures just look duller and mine was not too sharp ( my 17-70 was doing same/better at 4.5)

perheaps I got a lemon, but I ended up returning it. overall an ok lens, but just ok. want to try the new 35/1.8
reviewer#7875 date: Aug-27-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA 24 f2.8
price paid:95 USD
positive:Nice and light
negative:
missing
comment:OK lens but not impressive, sold it and like my 24 f2.8 better.
reviewer#7857 date: Aug-25-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Voigtlander 28mm Ultron
price paid:Free
positive:Small.
Cheap.
Near pretty sharp wide open.
negative:Mine had some flare issues.
comment:For quite a while, this was my only Maxxum AF lens. It is an excellent lens, and along with the 50f1.7, one of the greatest deals in all of cameradom. I don't really have anything bad to say about these lenses; my first one flared a little, the one my brother gave me, does not.
reviewer#7837 date: Aug-20-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II
Sony 35mm 1.8
Rokkor MC 50mm 1.4
MInolta 50 mm 1.7
Sony DT 16-105mm
Vivitar 28mm 2.8f
price paid:80USD (used)
positive:Size - a tiny lens.
Build
Fast AF
negative:Sharpness
focus ring
hood?
comment:Expected this lens to be a lot sharper than my zoom lens on my a700, even at 2.8f. It is NOT sharper than the zoom at any aperture - indeed, the sharpness is the same - but I have a lot more light into it, so I am able to shoot handheld in situations where I had to use my tripod previously.
It has more chromatic aberration than the zoom.
The 35mm has the same amount of CA of this lens, but only when @ 1.8f.
Also, the colors of the zoom are warmer and more pleasant.
The focus ring is very thin.
The hood is awkward.
Perhaps, may become a usable lens for its size - ideally for trekking and hiking.
Edit: found a Vivitar on md mount for 15 bucks and have put it to test beside the maxxum on my NEX-5N. The Vivitar is sharper, has less CA and comma is less pronounced (if marginally). Have not tested flaring.
reviewer#7773 date: Aug-2-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50mm f1.7
CZ 16-80
Beercan
Min 17-35 2.8/4
price paid:54 GBP
positive:Nice build and size.
Usable at 2.8 but better at 3.5.
Smooth focus.
Buttery looking Bokeh.
Great Colours.
negative:Not as sharp wide open as my 50mm 1.7
comment:I really like this lens. At 42mm on APS-C, the focal length is a little odd to get used to but once you do its brilliant.

I also love this lens on my 9000AF, nice, wide and sharp for landscape.

The colours produces are superb, with nice buttery Bokeh.
reviewer#7477 date: May-25-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:24 F2.8
50 F1.4 & F1.7
price paid:27,50 euro
positive:compact
heavy build
F2.8
cheap
negative:Not sharp wide open.
comment:My first wide angle prime and I took a lot of street and architectural shot with it. Here the more then average distortion comes to play. This compact lens is very sharp stopped down a bit but quite soft wide open to my opinion. Upgraded this one to the 24mm which shows less distortion and is sharper wide open.
reviewer#7306 date: Apr-18-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:50 CAD (Used)
positive:Very inexpensive
Small and light
Relatively sharp even wide open
Bokeh is neutral at best, smoother at F4 in my opinion
negative:For the price it sells at used none
comment:A very nice entry level wide angle lens that can be bought for next to nothing (around $100) compared to many other lenses. This lens preforms quite well, and is very small and light. The corners on a FF body is quite soft until you stop down to F8, and the light fall off isn't to noticeable in real world shots, neither is the distortion.

The only problem some people might have with this lens is that 28mm on a APS-C body is 42mm which might be to wide for some people, as it doesn't actually enter the wide angle lens category.

Unless you really need that extra stop of light you would be better off getting this lens instead of the Minolta 28mm F2 which is around 4-5x more expensive then this lens used ($400-$500) as F2.8 is generally fast enough for most people. So either way I would highly recommend this lens to anyone that wants a good cheap, and somewhat wide lens.
reviewer#7151 date: Mar-25-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:20/f2.8 RS
24-85/f3.5-4.5 RS
50/f1.7
Beercan
price paid:195 NZD
positive:sharp
colors
cost
size/weight
bokeh
build quality
negative:nothing
comment:I've managed to get a mint and sharp copy (seems like never used). I think this is a must have lens for all Sony/Minolta users. Very nice colors and contrast. I have no problems with sharpness even when opened to f2.8. Perfect for general photography, can't wait to test it on FF. Bokeh is nice and smooth.
reviewer#7093 date: Mar-15-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105
Minolta 24mm f:2.8
price paid:$99 used
positive:Compact well built first generation Minolta.
negative:Not as sharp as my 24mm
comment:This is copy is not as sharp as the Minolta AF 24mm f 2.8. It is compact and has reasonably good focasing speed.
reviewer#7090 date: Mar-15-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50
Minolta 28-85
Minolta 24-85
Minolta 28-135
price paid:100.00 usd used
positive:Great build, fixed aperture, typical Minolta color and contrast. Fixed aperture
negative:Not wide enough on APS-C frame.
comment:I suppose I got a decent copy as I can't really see the complaints about soft images with this lens. It is sharper than most zooms that have the same focal length and of course is smaller and weighs less
reviewer#7063 date: Mar-12-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-70, Minolta 50mm f/1.7.
price paid:
missing
positive:Small, built in hood.
negative:My copy wasn't circular aperture.
comment:I didn't really like this lens. My copy was smooth but, it didn't blur out the background as well as I wanted it to. After I got my 24mm I didn't really use this lens anymore and sold it.
I gave it a sharpness rating of 4.5 as the lens really didn't give me great shoots until it was opened up to about f/4. Also, the lens didn't blur as I wanted.
It was good in low light and I liked it for that. As it was my first low light lens ever.
Just .02 on this lens.
reviewer#7012 date: Mar-6-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7, 35-105, 28-85, 100-200, 75-300
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact size, mostly crisp images and useful in low light.
negative:42mm on C....at times has a bit of a dreamy look opened all the way up to 2.8.....
comment:Sweet handling built like a tank, owned since new.
Focal length at 42mm on C likely a bit more useful on an A 900 but I find her useful still while shooting snaps indoors of family - tweaking the white balance and turning on a few lights I can walk the room without the flash and grab some sweet snaps. Moderately useful on the A 700 it will get some time on the camera primarily as described. Can still be found for under $100, nice lens - I plan to keep it but primarily as I plan to grab an A 900 or A 850 eventually. If I travel light to a family function indoors I can probably get the job done with my primes....this little one and my Minolta 50 1.7....another reason for hanging onto it. Family pics without the flash blazing produce the most keepers.
reviewer#6767 date: Jan-17-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 50mm f1.7
Sony 18-70 (kit)
Sony 75-300 (kit)
price paid:65.00 USD (used)
positive:it's wider than my 50mm
fast af
negative:it's only f2.8
comment:This lens is wider than my 50mm which was the only lens I had for inside portraits and candids. The 28mm's aperture is a little smaller, but makes up for it with the angle. Quite pleased with the results. This lens is also good for landscape.
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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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