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

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reviewer#6758 date: Jan-15-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Minolta 20 RS
Minolta 24
Pentax SMC 28/35 MF
price paid:$90
positive:Nice and light
Cheap and avaialble
Good Minolta quality
negative:Not the do/all beat/all lens you wanted
comment:
Well, this is the worst of these lenses on this list obviously. But that doesn't make it a BAD lens at all.

In fact it's light, good for quick candid shots, does well across the board, and you can get one pretty cheaply!

I owned 4 of these before settling on this one - they were very close in quality so I think the one you have is as good as mine (or almost) which is a nice level of consistency we don't see in all lenses.

I end up using the 20 RS for WA mostly nowadays. It's big and dumb but its MFD is incredibly close, it's so wide I never miss a shot, and it's VERY sharp. Of course, that all cost MONEY...sigh

-Shootist
reviewer#6739 date: Jan-13-2010
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:50mm 1.7
28mm 3.5 SMC Takumar
35-105mm 3.5-4.5
price paid:70 USD
positive:Quick Focus, Pretty Sharp results when used with center focus
negative:color seems a bit dull (unlike other minoltas of the era), hood
comment:Good lens, inexpensive. I enjoy working on my attempts learning landscape and architectural photgraphy with this lens. But I seem to get more predictable results with my MF Takumar lens.

This is a keeper - but maybe only until I find a 24mm as a steal.
reviewer#6706 date: Jan-5-2010
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:M 50\1.7
S 50\1.8
T 17-50\2.8
M 28-85\ 3.5-4.5
price paid:$75 USD (used)
positive:very small and light as sony 50\1.8
sharp
minolta family colours
built in hood
49mm filters
42mm on APS-C (almost as 50mm on full frame)
negative:not very fast for a fixed lens - only f2.8
not as sharp as other minolta prime lenses
comment:A very convenient lens on cropped sensor. You can take 2 prime lenses: 28/2.8 & 50/1.8 instead of your kit lens or even tamron 17-50 and have much more better pictures.
This lens is good enough for indoor photography and for streen photography either.
It's very lightweight. Not comparable with any of the zooms (maybe except M 35-70/3.5-4.5) in its size.
Recommend it to everyone. BTW I recommend good used Minolta lens insted of the same new Sony one, because it's twice cheeper and none of them supports ADI (but work perfectlu with Sony flashes).
reviewer#6442 date: Nov-24-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 F1.7
price paid:100€ Second Hand
positive:Nice
Small
Light
Fast
Quick focus
Focus scale
negative:Lens hood is small
comment:A nice decent lens. Wide on full frame, and pretty good normal lens on digital crop. No complaints
reviewer#6422 date: Nov-20-2009
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 24-135
Sigma 28-70
price paid:Ł80 GBP (used)
positive:Colour
Build
negative:Not the sharpest wide open, and at f8 some of my better zooms run itclose
comment:My first pr4ime lens. Lovely colour and between f3.5-5.6 is a lot better than the zoom lenses.

reviewer#6355 date: Nov-10-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:SAL50F18
SAL35F14G
price paid:100 usd (used)
positive:small and compact
42mm on APS-C
Light
Cheap
negative:Bit slow in low light
42mm on APS-C
comment:Great walkaround lens for nature
reviewer#6348 date: Nov-8-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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:M 20 2,8
M 24 2,8
M 50 1,4 and 1,7
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact
Cheap
Great colors
on aps is a 42mm!
negative:It is not sharp as the f2
on aps is a 42mm!
comment:A Normal... little wide!
Great colors and good bokeh... i love this lens!
Overall it is one o the cheaper lens in Minolta universe... What could i ask more?
reviewer#6296 date: Oct-29-2009
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:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:This lens sat in my kit bag unused for a very long time but has found new use in the last few months. Fast and just on the wide side of normal it is great for both landscapes and photos of the young one at the park.
reviewer#5981 date: Sep-4-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Minolta 17-35mm f/2.8, Sigma 20mm f/1.8, Sigma 24mm f/2.8, Minolta 50mm f/1.7
price paid:used $60
positive:Sharp detail, nice color, very small distortion, compact
negative:None sofar
comment:I bought 2 used 28mm f/2.8 Af lenses from ebay from same seller. 1 was damaged, but second is worth of double buy.
Lens produces very sharp detail, nice color, it's compact, relativly fast focus on 7D. It instantly got my "everyday lens" status.
reviewer#5961 date: Sep-3-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
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:50mm F1.4
Beercan
18-70
price paid:100
positive:Great compact prime, nice walk around. Nice normal lens when used with the APC sensor.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#5861 date: Aug-16-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 f1.7
Sony SAL 18-70 f3.5-5.6
Tamron 17-50 f2.8
price paid:90 GBP
positive:Fast Focus
Great Colours
Sharp as anything I've seen
negative:Pretty rubbish pull out hood...
comment:Sharp, accurate focus. Good lens for mid range landscapes. Little too wide for most portraits, even on APS-C. Ended up selling it as I prefer to take out the Tamron 17-50 for it's range.
reviewer#5781 date: Jul-29-2009
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:Min. 20 /2.8
Min. 24 /2.8
price paid:65 € (used)
positive:nice colour
negative:nothing till now
comment:Fine lense for small money, works very fine on a full frame, good "normal" lense on APS- Cam
reviewer#5394 date: May-16-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 f1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp wide open (reserved opinion under comments), 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. Has too many soft images compared to on target sharp images.
comment:This lens was a pleasant surprise to me. I noticed it in a local camera shop that sells used equipment and does repairs when I passed by to check and see what they might have for A-mount. It was in such great condition; excellent if not mint. I couldn't pass it up for such a "fair" price for a used Minolta lens.

The lens is sharp wide open. I was impressed. However, the lens seems to be hit or miss on the AF unless you are doing close up work. Too many soft images for my taste. It possesses 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.

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.
reviewer#5223 date: Apr-12-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6
Sony AF 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Sigma 90mm F.28
price paid:
missing
positive:Size, build quality, Light weight, fast focus, super super sharp, great colors
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#5199 date: Apr-9-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 2.8
Minolta 100 2.8
price paid:$200 new
positive:Color
tack sharp
light weight
compact
no distortion
negative:The built in hood is useless.
AF is a bit slow like all old Minolta glass
comment:I've owned this lens for many years. one of my favorites. this was my only wide angle lens when I used Film. It doesn't see much action these days due to cropped sensor. but I won't sell it. I'm keeping it for a FF when I upgrade.This is a outstanding wide angle lens for a FF camera it is prone to flare with the useless built in hood, but I have found using a screw type rubber hood fixes this problem
reviewer#5165 date: Apr-4-2009
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:CZ 16-80
50/2,8
price paid:100€ like new
positive:- cheap
- colour
negative:slow as all old minolta
- flares
comment:One of the best for that price
reviewer#5140 date: Apr-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:50mm 1.7
100-200mm 4.5
SAL1870
price paid:cheap
positive:Mine is ancient and it still works great.
negative:The pull-out shade is kind of velveta (cheesy, not smooth).
comment:Probably works better on full frame than cropped.
reviewer#5058 date: Mar-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 28-135
Sig. 20-40/2.8
price paid:can't remember
positive:Sharp, good old Minolta colors, built
negative:Shade is joke.
comment:Nice wideangle, good colors, good built. Works well with A900 too...
reviewer#5043 date: Mar-15-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit lens
price paid:$40 USD (used)
positive:Sharp, fast AF, good colors, good resolution. No CA that I notice.
negative:
missing
comment:This is my first prime lens so I don't have a lot to compare it to but I am very happy with it. The sharpness is incredible compared to my kit lens. I'm definitely using only prime lenses from now on.
reviewer#4981 date: Mar-8-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Vivitar 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
M42 wide prime lenses
price paid:75 USD (mint)
positive:colour
contrast
sharp
fast
compact
inexpensive
negative:none
comment:In my opinion, this lens is a very good autofocus wide prime lens, excellent for it's price range. It may not be wide enough on APS-C, but that is not a fault of the lens. It is wide on 35mm film cameras or full frame DSLRs. Nice colours, contrast, sharpness, maximum aperture f/2.8, small and light. With this lens you get more than you pay for.
reviewer#4757 date: Jan-28-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24mm 2.8
24-70mm 2.8 ZA
price paid:20 USD
positive:Sharp well built lens
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#4694 date: Jan-16-2009
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:
missing
price paid:80 EUR (used)
positive:Color rendition and microcontrast
Super fast AF
Compact
negative:Sharpness
Bokeh
CA on full-frame
comment:Note: I'm updating this review now that I've tried it on the A850. On full frame, this is a versatile, reasonably sharp, wide-angle lens that is super compact, and because of that (and the low price) I can definitely recommend it. I tend to use it as a compact and unobtrusive walkaround lens, stopped down to something between f/5.6 and f/8. Something I didn't notice when using it on APS-C is the chromatic aberration which is quite noticeable towards the corners, even when stopping down, but it is of the kind that is very easily removed in PP.

This lens is not the sharpest you can own, it's more on a par with a good f/2.8 zoom. However, the color rendition is extremely pleasant and it has enough microcontrast to make the images feel sharp and punchy even though the actual resolution is comparably low. The image quality is definitely enough to use this lens wide open without hesitation. Bokeh-wise, this lens is a poor performer, which is obvious in certain conditions but not so in others. Generally, I'd describe the image quality of this lens as pleasant with many classical Minolta characteristics.

I'm rating the build of this lens to 4, since it feels very solid with a metal barrel. It has a rather peculiar build in pull-out hood, which is practical but not especially efficient at preventing flare (however, flares are reasonably well-controlled in this lens). As with all MinO primes, the focus ring is nothing to write home about.

This lens is particularly well-suited as a walkaround lens. It is compact and is one of the faster-focusing lenses available in the A mount, with roughly 4 1/3 screw turns between MFD and infinity. The MFD, by the way, is 30 cm, which isn't too shabby.
reviewer#4681 date: Jan-14-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 1.7
price paid:140.00
positive:Fast Auto Focus.
Excellent Color.
Sharp and Clean Images.
negative:Lens Hood.
Lens Flare.
comment:This is a excellent lens for the price. On the APS-C type image sensor it makes an excellent portrait lens. The lens flare can be a bit difficult to control at times but otherwise it's a wonderful lens. I would recommend it to anyone. I prefer it over the Minolta AF 50mm 1.7. The 50mm is faster, but I prefer the focal length of the 28mm.
reviewer#4629 date: Jan-4-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 24-50 4
price paid:60 Euro
positive:Sharp
Light
Cheap
Build
negative:Lens hood?
comment:Bought them (50 1.7 and 28 2.8) without knowing there was a built in lens hood (discovered it by accident) but i don't really use it....although be careful for flare!
It's a simple good/fast/light/alround flare and very usable on my A100 indoor shooting my sons (without being afraid they'll damage it).
reviewer#4458 date: Nov-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:24-50/4
price paid:
missing
positive:- sharp
- fast AF
- light weight
- price
- becomes a normal lens on APS-C sized sensor
- color
negative:- distortion
- hood is a joke
comment:This is a fine wide to normal lens replacement on a cropped sensor. It can be used as a light single lens solution. My copy was reasonably sharp with good colors. The contrast can easily be corrected on the computer. Auto-focus is fast and accurate. I would expect much less distortion from a prime lens. The 24-50/4 is better in this regards. The built in hood is useless.
I made the mistake of selling my copy.
reviewer#4444 date: Nov-28-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
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:Sony 18-70 DT
Minolta 17-35 D
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
fast AF
filter does not rotate
focal range is useful in typical situations (APS -C)
light
not expensive
negative:flare control
build not perfect
comment:Cheap alternative for most 'standard' or 'kit' lens. Good in most situations - in low light, indoor, also in landscape photos (not wide on APS-C). Compact size. Bokeh is not the best - but possible to obtain.
reviewer#4402 date: Nov-18-2008
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 50/1.4, Minolta 20/2.8, Minolta 28/2, Minolta 50/1.4, Minolta, Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:au$85 (1989)
positive:Good, inexpensive (by comparison) right length for a standard prime on a crop camera.
negative:Not as sharp as many primes unless stopped well down. (>5.6) Good knockabout lens. Has a degree of distortion but easily fixed in PP.
comment:Not a favourite, but none-the-less, not a lens that I would part with. It is working lens, useful in situations where I need the 42mm (35mm equivalent) but where there is a chance of risk to the lens. If I need sharpness and the light is too low to stop down far enough, I have my HVL-F58AM flash to fill with. That can light a large hall, and off camera too.
reviewer#4245 date: Oct-14-2008
sharpness: 3
color: 5
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:
missing
price paid:Ł60
positive:Well built & cheap
negative:
missing
comment:This lens is used for mainly IR shots for which it produces nice results, occaisonally there is a hot spot in the middle but nothing serious. I have used it for a portrait or group shots too and it works very well, great colours been the main attraction.
reviewer#4201 date: Oct-10-2008
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 AF50 F1.7
(Minolta AF18-70 F3.5-5.6)
Minolta AF24-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-70 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-70 F4 Macro
Minolta AF35-105 F3.5-4.5
(Minolta AF28-80 F3.5-5.6)
Sigma AF17-70 F2.8-4
Sigma AF18-200 F3.5-6.3
Sigma AF28-105 F3.8-5.6
Cosina AF28-105 F2.8-3.8
price paid:600 DKK (Used)
positive:Allround applications.
Light weight.
Image quality.
negative:Slight distortion.
comment:The reviews already says all - this is a good lens and very usable with the 1.5x crop of APS-C as "light weight" walk-around lens.

It's fairly sharp, produce great colour and contrast - but not as sharp as my Minolta AF50 F1.7 and (surprisingly) not as sharp as my Cosina AF28-105 F2.8-3.8. However,the latter are around 50mm so the comparison is not completely fair as the angle thus is not the same.

Buttonline - I like this lens and regard it as something fairly close to the analog film camera "standard prime lenses".

Can be recommended - and the feel of lacking a zoom is surprisingly easy to overcome as the angle of view in real life cover a lot more images than I expected (having forgotten the days when a 50mm lens on a film camera was the standard).
reviewer#4181 date: Oct-6-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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:Min 20/2.8,24/2.8,28/2
Min 50/1.7,50/1.4
Min 24-105D
KM18-70DT, KM17-35D
Tam 18-250
price paid:L55 s/h
positive:Light
Fast focussing
Cheap
Good colour & contrast
negative:For my shooting style, none
comment:My second MinO prime [after the 50/1.7] and probably my most used - I have better lenses, wider lenses, faster lenses and more flexible zooms, but for over a year now [since the A100 became my primary cam] this lens has stayed on my 5D almost constantly.
I mainly use it with in-cam B&W mode [starting with Oct07 one-prime] and I can only describe the combo as the digital version of the rangefinder cameras I used 30yrs ago - it's nice once-in-a-while to just use 'a camera' - for this method of use I find the 42mm equiv fl just about ideal.
Not sure why, but I've never had the same level of satisfaction using the 28/2 in the same style - maybe I subconciously worry about taking it into situations where it might get damaged - not something I consider with the more easily replaceable 2.8.

[Edit: Have to admit that it doesn't do so well on the A350, so will probably be retained just for use on the KM5/7D
Edit2:...but it does do better on the A700 - but not as well as the 28/2, so the comment above still applies!
Edit3: Sold (with 50/1.7) to fund Sig 50-150]
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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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