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

reviews found: 138    << 1 2 3 4 5
reviewer#1540 date: Dec-14-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:28/2
18-70 kit
50/1.7
50/3.5 macro
and many others..
price paid:90 USD
positive:* this is the true normal for APS-C (1.5x cropped sensors)
* old minolta colors feel and build
* reasonably sharp stopped down
* small, lightweight
* damn cheap
* normal view angle is very good for street photography.. pretend you are henri cartier bresson!
negative:* after using it, i realise that a normal prime should be faster than F2.8
* Altough very usable at F2.8, sharpness does not justify choosing this one over a F2.8 walk around zoom, But this one is much cheaper..
comment:it is most certainly a step up from the kit lens. It makes a great and über cheap line up together with 50/1.7, keep the kit for wides and bang, you got a nice line up for nothing..

28/2.8 is very good for that price, dont miss it if you already dont own the 28/2..

however, note that it's not sharp enough, and stopping down even leaves some space for improvement.
reviewer#1434 date: Nov-17-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50/2.8
Minolta 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:€60
positive:Light
Dirt cheap
Build quality
Snappy AF
negative:Not very sharp for a prime
Slight CA and barrel distortion
Flimsy lens hood
comment:Bought this for next to nothing on eBay as a light, compact walkaround lens. Considering it's a prime, the optical performance is nothing to write home about. More like a better f/2.8 zoom actually. Since I'd expect a prime to be sharper, I'm only rating it as 3.5 - but compared to a zoom it's not bad at all. The lens features the same kind of pull-out lens hood as the 50/1.7, and although the idea of a built-in hood is quite clever it hardly offers any flare protection at all.

But even though it's not a top performer, this still is a great lens. Light and very compact, yet well-built, and the AF is FAST. And at a very low price, too! Because of the compactness and snappy AF, I currently use it for close-range action photography. But quite frankly, it spends most of its time in my camera bag.
reviewer#1344 date: Oct-23-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50/1.4, 28-75/2.8, 35/2
price paid:$80
positive:Light
Sharp stepped down a bit
OK colors and contrast
Nice focal length on 1.5 crop
Inexpensive
negative:Not better in any way than my 28-75/2.8.
comment:This is a OK lens if you need a light and small lens. Unfortunately, I did not find its qualities as a prime worth the limitation a prime gives. I get better results with my 28-75/2.8 lens.

Compared to really good primes, such as my 35/2, 50/1.4 and 100/2, the 28/2.8 is in a totally different league.
reviewer#1300 date: Oct-11-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta 28/75 2.8
price paid:100
positive:Construction, AF, Sharpness, Ligth, compact
negative:Little flare
comment:Good lens,Good construction metal, very usable viewfinder on the lens for distance ad depth of view.
Good colors.
Sorry for my english!!
reviewer#1231 date: Sep-26-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-75 kit lens
price paid:$49 AUS (used)
positive:-Cheap
-Fast
-Good quality
negative:-Terrible flare shield
-49mm diameter
comment:Nice lens, just bought it and very impressed so far. Much better than the already excellent kit lens.
reviewer#1217 date: Sep-22-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- KM 50mm f/1.7
price paid:78 Sw Fr (60 USD)
positive:+ Sharp
+ Light
+ Well built
+ Fair colour rending
negative:- 28mm is not that wide
- Flare control is not perfect
comment:This little lens is pretty nice. The sharpness is pretty good, even at f/2.8. The colour rendering is pretty nice, and it gives a good level of details. At smaller aperture, sharpness is superb.

The only negative point I would see is that 28mm is not that useful for my taste. It's not that wide actually. On 5D, the crop factor makes it a 42mm, which limits it mostly to some portraits.

Finaly, I've also been disapointed by some flares in the pics, which is quite disturbing and difficult to avoid some times.

Anyway, for the price I've paid, I'm very happy. It's a good lens to make group portraits.
reviewer#1170 date: Sep-5-2006
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 50/1.4
KM 50/1.7
price paid:$65 (used)
positive:- Sharp from center to edge at F3.5+
- Good color
negative:- Slightly soft wide open
- Minor distortion
comment:If you get a chance to try this lens...DO IT! This prime produces some outstanding pictures. I mostly use this lens indoors for group shots using F3.5-F8, ISO 200-400. It's very rare that I have the need to use this lens wide open. I've compared this lens to the KM 50/1.4 and 50/1.7. From F3.5+, the lenses are very close if not equal in sharpness. Color is great on all three of these lenses. I absolutely LOVE this lens for group wedding photography! As long as I have my 5D, I'll have this lens...highly recommended. I gave this lens a sharpness rating of 4.5, as word has it that the 28mm/2 is sharper wide open. For my personal needs, sharpness is a 5.

Update: I have noticed some problems with flare so I'm reducing the flare control rating from 5 to 4. I'm also reducing the sharpness rating, as my KM 28-75/2.8 zoom gives me comparable results at 28mm.
reviewer#1091 date: Aug-15-2006
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:18-70, 24-85
price paid:85€
positive:Cheap, compact.
negative:Lens hood. Distortion, ca and
sharpnes could be better wide open for a prime lens.
comment:Good stopped down 1 stop and very good stopped down 2 stops.
Marginally better than both zooms at 28mm.
Very usable as a standard lens.
reviewer#1014 date: Jul-12-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- Minolta 18-70/3.5-5.6
- Minolta 24-50/4
- Minolta 50/1.7 RS
price paid:65 EUR (used)
positive:- light
- good AF speed
- affordable
- metal build
negative:- a bit soft (but usable) at 2.8
- like all "old" Minolta lenses, focus ring is a bit small
comment:I'm very happy with this lens as it makes a good, non-expensive standard lens for a digital body.
With its brother the 50/1.7 I have all I want for indoor portraits and group shots.
Of course the 28/2 must be better (especially at lower apertures) but it is also much more expensive (I got my 28/2.8 for 65 euros, the 28/2 is more like 250-300 euros nowadays).
I you want a standard for your digital body and can't afford the 28/2 or 35/2 this lens is a very good choice IMHO.
reviewer#918 date: Jun-16-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma - 70-300 4-5.6 DG Macro
Minolta - AF 50 / 1.7
Minolta - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 D
price paid:80 Euro
positive:Cheap
Good Build
Fairly sharp
Nice bokeh, contrast
negative:
missing
comment:It is not as good as 50mm/1.7, but better than the 18-70mm.
The sharpness/contrast is ok, and it feels as good quality.
It seems to be ok sharp even at 2.8
It is an ok walk around lense, good for indoor use because of the normal (slightly wide) angle.
But the 2.8 may not be enough for low light shootings
I paid around 80 euro for it (used).

I have tested the lens on Dynax/Maxxum 5D

reviewer#615 date: Mar-22-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 2
flare control: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50mm f1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:- Very small and light.
- Quite fast (f2.8).
- DOF scale is present.
- Nice "normal" lens, when used on a 5D/7D.
negative:- Lots of distortion!
- Not that sharp, even when stopped down.
comment:I do not know if my specific lens is wrong but it seems to show an awful lot of barrel distortion, even close to the image's center. I would certainly not use it for architectural work but it is acceptable for landscapes.
reviewer#609 date: Mar-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50/1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:-Good Results on APS-C
-Tack (and i mean TACK) sharp when stopped down to f5.6
-Colors
-Small
negative:-Tiny Lens hood
-Tiny Focus Ring
comment:A very good lens that delivers sharp results from center to edge. It's a tack sharp lens but it improves from wide open to f4-f5.6, hence only a 4.5 rating for sharpness.

It's small and lightweight prime and has a built in lens hood that is barely usable. Filter Size is 49mm which is very common for small and compact primes.

In combination with AS it's fast enough for indoor or Available Light shooting but its range of 42mm on a dslr is not optimal because you can't always step back. The Focus ring on the front has a good grip but is too tiny to operate in MF.

Picture results are wonderful, wide open it's ok and sharp, but at f5.6 it's a razor sharp lens on a 7d, maybe my sharpest. When stopped down it's almost too sharp for portraits, any detail is visible and i sometimes find myself softening the faces later on with PS. Used for architecture you can cut diamonds with motive edges ;)

The 28/2 is usually told as being a bit sharper and i don't doubt it when compared wide open. But stopped down to f5.6 - f8 ranges there should'nt be any observable differences in terms of resolution. At least not on a 6MP-Sensor.

The relatively weak reputation of the 28/2.8 refers to its wide open performance. If you do lots of low light shooting there are other lenses to consider in this range. If you find yourself being able to stop down to f4 and slower, this lens will deliver very very sharp results! At least my copy does that on APS-C.

This prime is always in my bag, go for it if you are in search for a compact and sharp 28 prime and don't want to spend a fortune (i got mine in mint cond. for 50€).

Tested only on a Dynax 7D, i guess FF-Performance could be different, the crop factor helps a lot to improve performance at the edges.
reviewer#577 date: Mar-13-2006
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:Minolta 28-100mm kit lens, Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Light, fast focusing, small.
negative:Not quite as sharp as it could be.
comment:This was the 'wide' lens for my Minolta film SLRs. On the 7D it's the equivalent of a 42mm lens on a 35mm, a focal length that I haven't found to be particularly useful. As a result I use it far less than I did in my film days. However, compared to the 28-100mm kit lens at the wide end, the 28mm f2.8 is far superior -- sharper, has a wider maximum aperture, and is much smaller.
reviewer#485 date: Feb-11-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Maxxum 28mm f/2
price paid:
missing
positive:small, lightweight, excellent build, good AF, sharper than the zooms I previously owned, inexpensive
negative:like the 50mm f/1.7, the lens hood sucks
comment:As I commented in my 55mm f/1.7 review, both of these lenses are superb values. I dislike the built-in lens hood, but flare is better controlled with a 49mm-55mm step-up ring and a 55mm wide angle lens hood. I know that giving it "5"s across the board may be unfair when comparing it to a 28mm f/2, but at the $70 I paid for it, it is not a bargain, it is an absolute STEAL! This lens and the 50mm f/1.7 may be the two best values in photographic lenses from any manufacturer.

EDIT 2-25-06: OK, so I downgraded this lens. I have to downgrade it after using the incredible 28mm f/2! I bought the f/2 and it is quite a bit sharper than the f/2.8, so I downgraded the sharpness on this review. The 2.8 is still a steal for what it costs and still beats the zooms I have owned at 28mm, but it is not in the same league as the f/2.
reviewer#384 date: Jan-5-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- 50mm f1.7
- 28-80 f3.5-5.6 (I,II,D)
price paid:
missing
positive:- Fast AF
- Colours / Contrast
- Sharpness
- Size
- short min focus distance
negative:- flare?
comment:I love the fast AF on this lens. The the short focus throw of the lens means AF screw only has to do 2.25 turns (for reference, the 50mm f1.7 has to do 3.75, and my 70-210 f3.5-4.5 is 5.75). Colours are great, sharpness is also very good even wide open. It's a decent indoor lens, generally too wide for portraits but just wide enough for small group shots. I think someone else mentioned that it is almost identical in size to the 50mm f1.7 so it is easy to get the two mixed up in your camera bag. I haven't had too much problem with flare, but I'm careful about it.

Incidentally, It's roughly one million times better than the 28-80 series. I figured with 28mm, 50mm, and my 70-210 my money would be better spent on a 28mm prime than a cheap zoom. Primes all the way!
reviewer#72 date: May-7-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Small & quick, very good image quality
negative:nothing
comment:A cheap and very usable lens with good image quality. I use it as a normal lens (~42mm). Buy one, if you can!
reviewer#50 date: Feb-14-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap second hand price (under 100 euro)
negative:
missing
comment:This lens has been called a dog by many people I am yet to be disappointed by it, but I haven’t really used it as much as I should have.

Edit 02.06.2009 Never use it. 28mm 2.8 prime just doesn't make any sense with the quality of todays standard 2.8 zooms
reviewer#32 date: Dec-23-2004
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:several 28 mm, but this one wins everytime!
price paid:
missing
positive:everything! but mostly the old vintage feeling and look of this.
negative:nothing
comment:One of my favorite prime lenses. Got it really cheap (40 euro) second hand. It produces great ultra sharp images. It actually got me my first published photo several years ago! On the 7d it works like a 35mm standard lens. Great for shooting BW reportage photos like Henri Cartier Bresson.
reviews found: 138    << 1 2 3 4 5

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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