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

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reviewer#3790 date: Jul-3-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 28-75 F2.8
price paid:$80 CAD
positive:small compact design
great deal
good build
close focusing distance
negative:not as sharp as some zooms
49mm filter thread
comment:I find the Minolta 28-75 F2.8 sharper when stopped down and it is more useful than this prime. This thing focuses really close but the zoom surpasses it in teh 75mmm end. I would recommend the Minolta 28-75 over this lense unless you are on a tight budget.
reviewer#3643 date: May-28-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 AF 50mm f/1.7
Minolta AF 135mm f/2.8
price paid:25 USD (used)
positive:Small and Light
Fast on A700
Great Bokah
Good IQ
negative:Didn't get one sooner
comment:Just picked up this lens today with the other primes up top. I got these 3 lenses and a Beercan for $125.00. Glad to say I pulled off over 200 pictures with these lenses today and I am very happy. Shot about half in RAW and the other half in JPG, just to see what kind of color and noise I would get. The 28 was good but the 50 and 135 was better. The Beercan was damaged so I didn't get to shoot it today. I will do that tomorrow as I just took it apart and fixed the forward barrel problem. Thank you, Pete Ganzel, for the great info on the Beer Baby.

Didn't have any issues with Flare or viginetting and thought I saw some CA in the JPG but when I compared it to the RAW, there was no CA to be had.

Minolta colors were all there.
reviewer#3545 date: May-2-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Minolta AF 135mm f/2.8
price paid:90 (near mint)
positive:Compact
Light weight
Fast focus
Inexpensive
negative:Lacks color of Minolta 24mm f/2.8
Not quite as sharp as Minolta 24mm f/2.8
comment:I've shot with two samples of this lens and in both cases, I was left wanting a little more. One sample was the original crossed XX version, the other was not. Sharpness is good, but not quite as good as many MTF tests suggest. When stopped down to f/5.6, sharpness becomes more impressive. I think my 24mm f/2.8 is sharper in the center and gives a similar performance near the edges. My Minolta 50mm f/1.7 is even sharper still. I found only minimal distortion near the edges of the frame, and flare is usually not a problem.

Color rendition is good, but it lacks some of the great Minolta color tonality of my other Minolta primes. Handling and autofocus speed are very similar to the 24mm f/2.8, which I was happy to see: light, compact, and fast. The built-in lens hood is nice because I won't lose it, but it's of limited use on a 1.5X crop camera.

In the end, this is a good lens, but it's tough to justify owning both this lens and the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 for a 1.5X crop camera. Even considering it's low price, this isn't something that will displace my 24mm in my camera bag. All that being said, if you need a 28mm lens, this is a good one.
reviewer#3462 date: Apr-13-2008
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:compact
sharpness is OK
nice color
nice build
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#3284 date: Feb-19-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 70-210 beercan
KM 18-70
price paid:60€
positive:light
fast focus
negative:range, 28mm becomes 42 (35, 24 or 20 mm should be more adapted)
comment:nice lens I use a little
reviewer#3160 date: Jan-9-2008
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:Tokina 17 3.5, Min 20 2.8 RS, Sig 18-125, Min 24-105, CZ 16-80, Min 50 1.4
price paid:75 USD (used)
positive:Small, solid, reliable, discrete
negative:small MF ring
comment:I got this as my first prime because it was cheap. What a bargain! It has really performed much better than I had expected. As a travel lens for walk around it's great on APS C. Like any lens, it's not always fair to expect great sharpness wide open, but I'm impressed with it at 3.5 and up. I've had good results indoors in low light and in daylight I don't give sharpness a second thought. Although I now use the CZ and the Min 20 the most, This little guy is still a keeper.
reviewer#3127 date: Jan-4-2008
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:
missing
price paid:$30 CDN (used)
positive:A good fit with my other lenses. Gives me a good fixed lens.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#3124 date: Dec-31-2007
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- really small
- decent build quality
- great color and decent sharpness
negative:- funny focal length on my a700
comment:I really have come to love this lens. I bought it solely because it was available cheaply, and basically put it in a drawer for a few weeks. Then one day I pulled it out, put it on, and now I use it all the time. I love the compact size for everyday in the house shooting and quick excursions. Great color, and fairly sharp (more than adequate for quick snapshots and everyday pictures).

wished it was actually 28mm on my a700, but meh, it's still very useful. Recommended.
reviewer#2988 date: Nov-28-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 30mm 1.4
Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:$80 (used)
positive:* Great lens for street photography
* Not expensive when buying it used on ebay, good optics for the money
negative:
missing
comment:If you need a small and discreet wide / normal lens, that boats decent optical quality, then this is for you. Hood that protects against flare is included in the lens, i.e. just like on the Minolta 50mm f/1.7. The included hood give this lens another thumbs up for discreetness.

For this reason, I love using this lens for street photography.

My Sigma 30mm 1.4 is sharper and faster, but bigger. I keep and regularly use both.
reviewer#2985 date: Nov-27-2007
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:229 USD (new)
positive:Very good resolution.
Small.
On Digital - good all around lens.
On film good for street photography.
negative:Bad flare control
Sometimes focus hunting in low light, and AF speed it's not the best.
On Film - Vigneting at f/2.8 with internal hood. Thing that some of you will don't like.
comment:I actually boght this lens with my 7D. I didn't have enough money to buy a good zoom lens, so I decided to buy a fix one that will be an all around lens, for people group shoting, indoor, lanscape, street ... small and versatile.
I like the lens as I had only this one for the first 8 months, I shot a lot with it, and the quality of pictures is very good even wide opened. Because it's small, it can be easy used with internal flash of 7D.
After the use of this fix lens for almost a year I decided to go only on fix lenses. I have tested some cheap zooms and I din't like the image quality.
When I bought the film camera, I use almost this lens on it + ProFoto 400BW = excelent for street photography. It makes some vigneting wide open, BUT !!! i like this vigneting :). I sometimes use f2.8 only to get the beautiful vigneting on the picture :).
It has some distortion, but it's a wide lens :).
The bigest problem is the flare control. If the source of the light is near the frame of the picture it makes some gosts. The hood is not enough and I use my hand to stop the light. At long exposures during the night it also catches some gosts from out of the frame source of light.
But i try to avoid this, and everything is ok.

In spite of my rating, I highly recommend this lens to anyone who need a small qualitative 42mm eq. toy on Digital.
reviewer#2840 date: Oct-13-2007
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:Kit lens
Div Sigmas (zoom)
50/1.4
price paid:130USD (used)
positive:Small/discrete
Lightweight
Solid built
Near normal (28x1.5=42mm)
Fast
negative:Focus ring
comment:I really like this lens, and it is one of my favourite walk around lenses. Its build quality is excellent. Nice colours, fast focusing. Really sharp if stopped down slightly. I love it, and would never part with it.
reviewer#2763 date: Sep-21-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
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:KM 17-35D
28-135/4-4,5
50/1,7
price paid:
missing
positive:Color
Fast
Cheap
negative:distortion
comment:
missing
reviewer#2751 date: Sep-17-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit lens
price paid:100 Euro (used)
positive:Good old Minolta lens
negative:
missing
comment:Sharp with Good Minolta colors.
reviewer#2559 date: Jul-18-2007
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:24-75mm sig
Kit lens
price paid:
missing
positive:Full frame, Fast, small,
negative:none for the price
comment:Got this lens about 16-18 years ago don’t remember the price

Wished they had made it in F/1.4 now, close to normal on digital camera and sharp

It is just ok on a film camera, nice and wide but not good on the edges

Fast focus on any camera
reviewer#2552 date: Jul-16-2007
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:50mm f1.7
100mm f2.8 macro
400mm f5.6
price paid:Ł31.10
positive:Good prime sharpness
Usual Minolta colour quality
No problems on distortion and little flare
negative:Bit of a silly hood
Focus ring a little small
comment:Good performing lens with the usual Minolta qualities and little in the way of wide-angle problems that can be found on some varities. Used mostly for cityscapes/landscapes. Good value for money at the price paid. I am a little surprised by some of the low marks - maybe I got a good version or I am easily satisfied :)
reviewer#2543 date: Jul-13-2007
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:50/1.4, 50/1.7,
price paid:package deal
positive:Good build like any Minolta prime. Lightweight. Wide view angle.
negative:Little mf-ring, same odd lenshood as the 50mm's.
comment:I really start liking primes, next one will probably be a 24/2.8.
reviewer#2395 date: May-31-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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:Canon 28mm F2.8 / F1.8 USM (on 20D) . Nikon 28mm F2.8D (on D200) . old Sigma 28mm F1.8 fastwide (non-EX), 28mm F2.8 (non Ex) both on D200.
price paid:45 UK
positive:Fast sharp and VERY cheap.
negative:Leaves nothing to be desired at the price they can be picked up for even from dealers in mint condition.
comment:On Sony A100 it's very sharp even at F2.8 right out to the edges, only the VERY extreme borders when viewed at 100% (10Mp remember) show any signs of slight softening. fast focus and accurate too. sharper than the Canon, Nikon and the old Sigma Pre-EX variants even in the middle and a lot sharper at the edges.. the most Impressive 28mm prime I've used. It doesn't seem to get much respect amongst the Minolta frat but they've not had to put up with the mediocre examples from other makers. either that or this sample is especially good.
reviewer#2356 date: May-25-2007
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:sigma 30/1.4
sony 50/1.4
price paid:99 USD (almost new)
positive:- cheap
- reasonably sharp
- compact
negative:- small focus ring
comment:I think this lens is much better than people say. It simply does the job! Very good for indoor shooting (2.8/iso800/no flash), full frame, light, compact, normal VoF. I'd say this is great for street photography on digital.
reviewer#2352 date: May-25-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:KM 28-135 F4-4.5
price paid:80 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness and Colours
negative:Flare
comment:I'll cut to the chase and admit that I'm comparing this to a lens I was a little unhappy with and I have little experience with any other lenses so I may be scoring it inaccurately.

But, with those caveats I am really really happy with my new toy. Its lovely and sharp, the sweet spot for the center appears to be between F4 and F8, and by about F4.5 sharpness appears pretty consistent across the frame.

Most importantly for me the colours are wonderful. The 28-135 I was using had woeful contrast and really flat colors - I was usually able to recover pictures but often couldnt really get the best of the photo's. The new 28 is completely different - the photos come straight from the camera clear and punchy, this is a great relief for me.

Build and distortion are good - not great but certainly above average.

Flare control is perhaps a little below average, get the sun within 20 degrees of the sun and you will have flare spots. For the first couple of phtos these look kind of pretty but after spending 20 minutes moving around, shading the lens, doing everything you can to get rid of those spots only to have the sun go down and take your dream shot with it you get pretty tired of it.

All in all - these lenses are dirt cheap, my 80 bucks was probably a little over the odds and it punches well above its weight.
reviewer#2297 date: May-10-2007
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:Minolta Af 50/1.7
price paid:85 USD used
positive:Surprisingly scharp, nice price.
negative:Small MF.ring with no feeling.
comment:I was surprised by the scharpness, and realy pleased with this lens. I have`nt tried it out that much yet, but i will surely do so...
reviewer#2296 date: May-10-2007
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:Minolta Af 50/1.7
price paid:85 USD used
positive:Surprisingly scharp, nice price.
negative:Small MF.ring with no feeling.
comment:I was surprised by the scharpness, and realy pleased with this lens. I have`nt tried it out that much yet, but i will surely do so...
reviewer#2161 date: Apr-15-2007
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:Pentacon 29, m42
price paid:90 usd, used
positive:Very well build.
Fast.
Very little
negative:Nothing I can find.
comment:A very recommended lens if you like a wide lens.
I guess a 28/2 is better but for the price this lens is excellent.
reviewer#1773 date: Feb-7-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Light, small and cheap
negative:Silly hood
comment:I did´t like it my KM 28-75 was better so I sold this one.
reviewer#1762 date: Feb-7-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8 (D)
price paid:$125 CAD (used)
positive:Cheap
negative:Useless Hood
Focus Ring on MinO lenses kinda sucks.
comment:While I hardly used this lens anymore since getting the 28-75/2.8 (D), it occasionally served purpose when I need a compact lens.

From my understanding the Sony 28/2.8 is the same except for the D functionality.
reviewer#1650 date: Jan-13-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:detailed comparison to 17-35/2,8-4
price paid:99 € (used)
positive:compact
not too expensive
sharpness is OK
nice color
nice build
negative:not as sharp as most people say
built-in hood practically useless
built-in hood can harm focusing
some CAs
focus ring
comment:(Same text as in my 17-35/2,8-4 review...)
I bought the old 28/2,8 some weeks ago and tested it against my zoom KM 17-35/2,8-4 (at 28mm) on my 7D. The latter means that my results are founded on an image from a cropped sensor! I have USED both lenses on my 800si, but haven't COMPARED them in detail under full frame conditions.
Both lenses are practically new. I bought the 28mm almost unused, and it's in a very good shape for such an old model, completely clean. Generally I am very careful with my equipment, so the 17-35, which I bought in July is also in best possible shape.
Wide open, the zoom (f3,5) has a slight better performance in both upper edges, the other two edges are almost equal The 28mm (f2,8) has a very slight advantage in center performance.
Above f5,6: The center performance of the 28mm is at every f-stop just slight better than the zoom, but really a tiny advantage (a little more contrast). The zoom delivers at the contrary a visibly better edge performance at each f-stop. The zoom's CAs are visibly less.
On the whole, the zoom performs better. It can be considered sharper at every f-stop and has visibly less CAs.
I'm a little disappointed from the 28/2,8. As it's a prime lens, I had expected a better performance than my 17-35. The latter I consider as a very good and useful zoom.
Here the thread in the forum where I have published my test of both lenses: http://dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=10201&PN=2
reviewer#1633 date: Jan-10-2007
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:17-35mm Minolta
price paid:75 USD(used)
positive:excellent sharpness and color. Maybe the perfect focal length(see below).
negative:None
comment:I've used this lens several times on commercial jobs with outstanding results. Maybe the fact that some peopple have a problem with sharpness is due to some quality control issues. In my experience this lens is as sharp as my 50mm f/1.7. Images taken with my KM 7D viewed at 100% on screen are razor sharp!

Many people also don't seem to like the 42mm focal length. All I can say is that they haven't given it enough of a chance. See- http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-may-05.shtml for a great explanation of the 40mm attributes. The more you work with this lens the more you'll learn to love it. It takes some getting used and requires that you "work" a bit but the results are worth it. To quote Mike Johnston-

"Moderate focal lengths, to my eye at least, serve in part to remove this sort of "specialness" from pictures. They make the angle-of-view and the type of distortion nondescript. And what this allows, in turn, is a concentration on the visual content of pictures. That's what's so special about not being special."

This pretty much sums up how I feel about this lens.
reviewer#1617 date: Jan-6-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 50mm 1.7, Kit 18-70mm
price paid:80 USD (used)
positive:Cheap, fast, good build, light
negative:Not as sharp as my 50mm 1.7.
Could be faster.
Soft, needs to be stepped down to about f5-6 for crisp images.
comment:I was kind of disappointed by the results I've gotten with this lens. The images are clear in good light but kind of grainy in low light. My 50/1.7 is far superior in low light at f2.8 with the same shutter speed and ISO.

I did some informal and subjective testing between my lenses and got similar results with the 28/2.8 and kit lens in good indoor lighting. Outdoor daytime shots were sharper than the kit lens when stepped down a bit.

Overall, not a bad bargain but I'm currently hunting for a 28mm f2.




reviewer#1596 date: Jan-1-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF DT 18-70
Tokina 20-35 3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Small, great build, like all Original Minolta.
Pretty Sharp.
Integrated round hood.
CHEAP!!
negative:Integrated round hood.
comment:Sharp, small, fast and cheap prime, a very good choice for the focal range if you can't afford, or can't find, a 28/2.

Build is great, like all Minoltas from that time (80's).

The integrated hood isn't of very much use, it's very small, I tried it with the 70-210/4-hood and it gave no apparent vignetting (On APS-C). The good thing is you always have the hood with you.

A very good lens over all, if you're looking for something 28-ish, TRY IT!
reviewer#1565 date: Dec-24-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50/ 1.7
price paid:$68 Brand New
positive:Color is good... as all other old minolta lens. Build quality is good of course. Pirce is very good if not excellent. Focus is fast.
negative:Not as sharp comparing to my 50 / 1.7 prime. But for the price I paid, I don't think I should complain.
comment:More useful on full frame. But it makes an economical choice for those who cannot effort a fast wide angle zoom lens such as 28-75mm/2.8. Price/Utility- wise, this lens carries a lot of value.
reviewer#1563 date: Dec-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:Part of a bundle
positive:Lovely colours
Good sharpness if not wide open
negative:It isn't super sharp wide open.
comment:This a good lens if you can get it fairly cheap. It has to be said that I found the sharpness evr so slightly disappointing wide open compared to the 50mm f1.7, but it is certainly acceptable and the richness of the colours make up for it. Once stopped down a bit it is very sharp. I have taken plenty of stunning photos with this lens even wide-open.

Highly recommended, but don't expect extreme resolution at f2.8!
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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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