Minolta AF 28mm F2 RS A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#9932 date: Feb-15-2012
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 35/2 RS
Minolta 50/1.4 RS
Zeiss 24-70/2.8
Zeiss 16-35/2.8
price paid:310 Euro
positive:- Sharp from f2 in center image
- compact and lightweight
- Minolta colors
- Beautiful bokeh
- cap difficult to remove
negative:- Hard to find
comment:I own this lens for about 1 year.
I wanted to sell the lens because it never was sharp on my A700 and A200.
But sind two weeks i own a A900, and with it's Micro focusing adjustment this lens comes back to life.

I think the lens performs about the same as the Minolta 35mm F2 (my copy).
I love the colors of this lens, better than the Zeiss. But the Zeiss is slightly sharper.

Every time I think again: how can such a small lens doing it so well on a full frame camera compared to the big zeiss lens!

I absolutely love this lens.
If you can find one -> get it.
reviewer#9898 date: Feb-6-2012
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:Minolta - AF 28 F2
Minolta - AF 35 F2 RS
Minolta - AF 35 F1.4
price paid:660 USD (mint)
positive:-Sharp at widest!
-Colors
-Small size
-Resist flare better by old version (slightly)
-Better build finish than old version
negative:None!
comment:Finally got a RS version for a reasonable price, I prefer the matte finish over the old glossy one. RS version also have circular aperture and new coating.

Get one while you can! From my experience the 28 F2 is the most common of the F2s I seen on the market.
reviewer#7078 date: Mar-13-2010
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:K-M 17-35/2.8-4
Sony Zeiss 24-70/2.8
Minolta 28-135/4-4.5
price paid:450 EUR (used, mint)
positive:Optics very good, small
negative:Some corner problems wide open
comment:A very good walk-around wide angle. Corners between F/2-F/4 soft but still gives good results in appropriate situations (e.g. inside). Very good when stopped down to F/5.6, perfect at F/8.
reviewer#6385 date: Nov-14-2009
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:
28-70 G
CZ 24-70
35/1.4
50/1.4
85 G RS
CZ 85
sony 70-200 G
sony 70-300 G
price paid:920 USD (mint)
positive:razor sharp
wonderful IQ
compact, light weight
negative:none
comment:it is a wonderful walk around lens, especially for aps-c format. As other reviewer mentioned, this lens is extremely sharp, even at f/2. The color is true and pleasing. And it is amazing that how compact this lens is. Although it is not a full metal lens, you can still feel that it would last fowever. The distortion is not visible on aps-c (not sure about the full-frame but I am eager to try it out). It blows the f/2.8 version thousands of miles away.
The bad part is that this lens, especially the RS version, is extremely difficult to find. The price on ebay is getting higher and higher (the positive side is that it holds value well). It is a must have for minolta AF lens collector. I was lucky that I got a mint like new copy of it.
reviewer#4014 date: Aug-28-2008
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:35mm f1.4 G
28mm f2.8
35mm f2
50mm f1.7
50mm f1.4
price paid:400 Euro
positive:Sharpness
Clarity
Bokeh (!)
negative:Flares
comment:Probably a bit sharper than 35mm f2 (a razor one) but "mine" has not a bokeh as bad as described in some reviews...
Not the same silky one of 35mm f1.4 G but better than 35mm f2 and 50mm f1.7 too.

The contrast is perfect for landscape and BW shots. Distortion is well controlled. A bit of spherical aberration @f2 noticed with A700, on CCD SLRs this is less pronounced.

On film probably the best 28mm ever made with Carl Zeiss Distagon 28mm f2
reviewer#3858 date: Jul-15-2008
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:15-30, 24-105, 24-85rs, 28/2.8, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 50/1.2, 58/1.2, 70/2.8, 105/2.8, 100/2.8, 200/2.8, Tok 300/2.8, 70-210/4
price paid:
missing
positive:- Unqestionably sharp at all apertures.
- Great colour rendition
- Light & compact
- Feels well constructed
- Great for lowlight
negative:- Flares sometimes on my A100
- Bokeh isn't as good as some of my other lenses
comment:I have fell in and out of love with this lens, but I have come to realise that it is simply awesome. Extremely sharp at all apertures. Colour rendition is excellent, clean - what you expect from a good prime. The combination of this lens being so small and being razor sharp makes it quite unique and very attractive IMHO. If you find one, don't turn it down. The 42mm FOV equiv. is just wonderful, it will compliment any 50/58/70/85/100mm lens - its just that bit wide enough that you dont feel you need anything wider, and just that close enough to standard that you rarely have to change lenses! Excellent.

The bokeh can be funny, but nearly every lens can have funny bokeh if you use it in less than ideal lighting. Specula highlights is where the bokeh catches a bit. But in moderately soft lighting, the bokeh is excellent & is helped partly by the circular aperture on this version.
reviewer#2406 date: Jun-2-2007
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:24-105 3.5-4.5
50/1.7
price paid:550 EUR (new)
positive:Very sharp
Ideal 7D "standard" lens
Color rendered
Compact size
f/2
negative:Hood too small for APS-C
comment:This lens is Minolta at its best: Quality without braking the bank too much. On digital, with 1.5 cropping, it's ideal: 42mm. Bokeh is Ok
with lower contrast images.
It's really sharp. Had some trouble with filters (maybe due to the flat front element which is close to filter). Hoya HMC worked, HMC Super didn't. Better without though, the lens and color is that sharp. Auto focus is very smooth. Manual focus is also Ok. The supplied sun shield is not useful on APS-C. In critical situations I use the shield of a 100-300 APO RS.
The case that comes with this lens is really over the top. It's from another age, or two. On the other hand, it magnifies the quality and Zen that has been put in this lens. Sony, please take noteā€¦

reviewer#2078 date: Mar-29-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness
Build
Compact size
negative:
missing
comment:It's a very nice lens, a real collector item.

On A100 it becomes a 42/2, a perfect walk around lens.

From f/2 to f/4 sharpness is excellent at the centre, slightly softer but still very good towards the corners. From f/4 and above it's simply perfect.
reviewer#872 date: Jun-2-2006
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:Minolta AF28/2.8
Minolta AF24-85/3.5-4.5
KM 17-35/2.8-4
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp, good color
Fast
Excellent color rendition
Compact size
Good build
negative:nothing
comment:It's very much sharper than my 28/2.8 and other zoom lenses. Optical and build performance are worth 5 points rating. It's my walk around lens.
reviewer#44 date: Jan-17-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:An ideal "standard" lens for 7D;
Great performance in compact package.
negative:Price new; No "D" chip
comment:Bought on e-bay in pristine condition for very competitive price

Spent the last week with it as only lens on my 7D and am absolutely delighted to have access to high quality f2 performance with a more versatile angle of view (42mm equivalent) than the reframed 50mm (75mm equivalent). This in a compact and light package.

Ideal indoors for casual people shots (perfect for available light snaps of friends across the table for example, allows flexible framing even in smallish rooms), and behaves as a "universal" lens outdoors. On 7d, it allows close range portraits without exagerated perspective oddities. Focuses down to 30cm. Must be nice to use on film bodies as well...

Results are absolutely perfect in terms of definition and contrast, even wide open. No AF issues at all with 7D.

A great piece of equipment for those days you want to travel light, without a cumbersome zoom.
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.90
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.83

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