Minolta AF 28-75mm F2.8 D A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#10766 date: Dec-9-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-55, Minolta 35-70 F4, Minolta 35-80 4.5-5.6, Minolta 28-80 4-5.6, Minolta 24 2.8, Minolta 50 1.4, Sony AF DT 35 1.8
price paid:1575 SEK
positive:Sharp, colors, OK flare control
negative:Range for APS-C sensor
comment:Great sharpness, only beaten by (orignal) 35-105 or the primes. Great colors. Bokeh a little stirry, if you do not think about compsition. Fast autofocus on my camera (SLT-A35), a bit loud though. I have come to like this lens more and more. It is my primary walk-around lens with the 24/2.8 in my pocket for the wider angel. If I go for birding I bring this lens for close pictures and the Big Beercan for longer reach.

Sharpness for APS-C is 5, for FF is 4.5 due to corners are not fully sharp at 2.8

Price 1575 SEK = 183 € = 236$
reviewer#10255 date: May-31-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70/2.8 EX ASPH
price paid:201 EUR
positive:+ Sharp from F/2.8 in the center
+ relatively small for the focal length and aperture
+ fast AF
negative:- the build could be better
comment:This is a much better lens than I have expected. Centre sharpness is there from F/2.8 all across the range and the edges follow up quickly. My copy seems a bit de-centered, as the extreme left (last 200px on 24Mpix FF) is not sharp even at F/11 (the right is completely sharp at ~F/5.6).
I use this lens as my bread and butter on the A850 when I do event coverage. Compared to the Sigma that I had before, this lens is at least on par with IQ, the AF is faster and quieter, the reach is better, and the colours are correct (the sigma has a cast). It's also lighter and takes smaller filters. Never used it much on APS-C due to the rather awkward FL, but it's IQ there is practically impeccable.
reviewer#9663 date: Dec-4-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 24-70
Sony 35 1.4
price paid:300 used
positive:fast focus
light weight
size
negative:
missing
comment:I sold the CZ 24-70: to big, to heavy, to soft in the corners. Now, i'm happy with the Minolta Lens!
reviewer#9651 date: Dec-1-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 original
Sigma 28 f1.8
Sony 35 f1.8
Minolta 50 f1.7
Sony 85 f2.8
price paid:200 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp wide open
Great Minolta colours
Solid Build
No zoom creep
negative:67 mm filters
comment:Usably sharp wide open, and improves with stopping down to become extremely sharp by f5.6

Beyond f5 compares very well with all the primes so if you dont need the larger apertures an excellent substitute for 3 primes.

As good as the 35-105 above f5.6
reviewer#9217 date: Jul-8-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Min 50/1.7
price paid:~250 EUR (used)
positive:+Sharp (although 2.8 is not perfect)
+Reliable AF
negative:-Just not wide enough on croped cameras
-Extends when positioned down (no zoom lock)
comment:I tried for some 5 years to convince myself that 28 mm is wide enough for me :), but gave it up and trade it for Sigma 17-70. Although 75mm at tele is useful for portraits.
reviewer#9189 date: Jun-28-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 24-70
Sony 28-75 SAM
Distortion
price paid:333 USD (used)
positive:f/2.8
Colours
Range on FF
MFD
negative:Distortion
comment:My favourite walkabout lens. On APS-C it may be too narrow, but on FF it's quite OK. Very good colours, f/2.8 and quite sharp wide open. getting very sharp stopped down.
And a very important thing for me - great MFD. I'm not a macro fan, but a pseudo-macro - yes, of course! ;-)
On the negative side - the distortion is visible, but not too annoying.
I used a Zeiss 24-70 lens and sold it - too heavy, too expensive. I used a Sony SAM version of this lens and sold it - didn't like the SAM in it. And the KM is with me since my first DSLR (A100) 5 yeras ago...
reviewer#9021 date: May-13-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Mi 24-85RS
Mi 24-85
Mi 24-105 D
So 16-80 on A700.
Sigma 17-70 on A700
price paid:250 euro (used)
positive:- sharpness.
- color.
- weight.
- build.
- 2.8
negative:- range limited.
comment:Very decent lens.
Is on my A850 most of the time. Sharpness is good although corners need some stopping down. I would prefer it to be somewhat wider and more range on the long side as with the 16-80 or Sigma 17-70 on A700.
Compared to Mi 24-85/105 it is sharper wide open and has less vignetting.
In fact nothing to complain about.
If I would loose it I would buy it again.
Colour is a bit yellowish.

Additional on sharpness:
@28 the KM is worse then the Mi24-85 at wide angle (my copy).

I hestitate in buying again as I am more of a landscape photographer and look for wide angle performance.
reviewer#8942 date: Apr-18-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ24-70 (quick test)
price paid:360 AUD (new)
positive:Compact for f2.8
Good focus speed
Excellent value
negative:Fine wide open on filn, need to stop down on FFd.
comment:I've been using this lens for a few years on film, but have only just started to test it more thouroughly with FFd. Sharpness in the centre was always great on film, but on FFd a little soft wide open. Starts to tighten up around f5 onwards. Soft across the rest of the frame with some CA, fine by the time you hit f8. Colour tends a bit towards the red/orange compared to the rest of my Minolta lenses.

I was all set to buy the CZ24-70 until I did a quick test with both of them wide open. The CZ has faster focus, to my eye a more pleasant/netral colour, but centre sharpness was similar, though the CZ was better off centre in regards to both sharpness and CA. I just felt for the money there should have been an eye popping difference between them. The CZ could acquit itself as a reliable 'go to' lens, something I've never quite trusted my KM to be.
reviewer#8255 date: Nov-15-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135mm
KM 17-35mm
price paid:300 CAN (used)
positive:Lightweight
Sharp even wide open
No CA
Flare resistant
Value for money
negative:Range on aps-c
I have to tweak the color a little bit in PP
comment:Great little lens! It's light, fast and focus accuratly and sharp even wide open. I've tried the zeiss once and, the only difference is a little bit more micro contrast on the zeiss and the color are better (in my opinon) For everything else, this lens is as good as the zeiss for a fraction of the price.
Can't wait to try it on full frame DSLR. Last week, I bought a Minolta 7000 so, next time I have the opportunity, I'll see how it perform on film. Compared with my good old 28-135mm, it's a little sharper but, the 28-135 has something more. I can't put my finger on it but it's there. Ultimatly, I think I will keep this lens and sell the 28-135mm. Yes, it's that good! Highly recommended if you are lucky enough to find a good copy.
reviewer#7945 date: Sep-5-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:160 usd
positive:Budget 2.8
Color
Reliable results
negative:Build
creep
comment:I picked this up with a like new a100 for $414 and sold the camera for about $250 to a friend. So for my investment it was well worth it. I used it at a wedding with very nice results. The results from this lens are reliable and I have never been disapointed. That being said the results have never been a real wow either. For a mid range zoom with 2.8 you could spend more and not get a great deal more I think. If you are in the market for a 2.8 zoom and want a good value that you will not be dissapointed in this may be your lens. Does a lot well but nothing great!
reviewer#7595 date: Jun-21-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 28-135 4-4.5
price paid:230 EUR (Used)
positive:- Great aperture
- Good sharpness
- Amazing min. focus distance
negative:- Not so good flare control
comment:It's a very good zoom lens, really useful in every condition.
reviewer#7471 date: May-25-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70 Zeiss
28-70 G
28-135
24-135 Tamron SP
35 G
price paid:100 euro NIB
positive:- Sharp
- Light
- Fast AF
negative:- Build
- Barrel extending when zooming
comment:I have previously discarded and sold this lens because of the plastic-like build, even though the results were always good. Rearranging my lineup after going full frame, I swept through this lens, then 28-70G, 24-70CZ.

A few weeks ago, I came over a left-over new in box sample in a camera store. 800 Norwegian crowns (100 euros) is a bargain for sure!
This lens has great optics. Acceptably sharp at f2.8 (at least my sample). The minimum focal distance is way better than the 28-70G. Corner performance is not worse than 24-70CZ - and better than 28-135. Sharpness not far from 24-70CZ, but for half the weight of the sluggish Zeiss.
Colour slightly warm for a Minolta, not as good as 28-70G.
All though not as reputable or übercool as Zeiss or hardcore as 28-70G, it is honestly speaking a great piece of optics.
reviewer#7453 date: May-20-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-50 f/4
50 f/1.7
Sigma 24-70 f/2.8
Beercan
100 f/2.8
price paid:350
positive:Excellent color and contrast
Excellent resolution,
Great CA control,
non rotating front element, very sharp throughout range.
negative:Lens Creep
Weak wide on APS
MF passes infinite focus distance
comment:I read another review on this lens claiming this was soft wide open. For the copy I got, this was not the case. Though there was noticeable improvement at f/4-4.5 at the beginning of the sweet spot, it is still very good and sharp wide open.

I've compared it to a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, which runs over twice the price, and this lens runs circles around it in every regard to optical quality, the bokeh in particular. It produces a very pleasing soft focus transition, often times comparable to the beercan. Out of focus highlights are handled excellently, couldn't ask for more on a mild wide to telephoto.

The 4mm wide angle hit versus all other competing lens was easily justifiable to me for price. I personally make more use of standard and mild telephoto angles anyway, so the higher range is more important to me. However, it is severely limited with the landscapes on an APS body because of the 28mm start, and as soon as you try to do landscapes the limitation becomes instantly noticeable.

I also haven't seen the slightest smidgen of CA pop its head in.

The build quality is good, but there is lens creep, and the weight of the extending elements is noticeable zooming at high or low angles. The lens creep isn't much of a problem, only happens with a lot of motion. But, it is technically there.
reviewer#7449 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:cz 16-80
min 28-135
min 50/1.7
beercan
price paid:325 USD (new)
positive:- beautiful images stopped down
- way cheaper than the new sony with essentially the same design
negative:- soft wide open
- clunky range on aps-c
comment:this lens was alright, but I got rid of it because it didn't have much of a purpose with my a700 (or a100 bfore that).

stopped down past f4 or so, this lens takes some awesomely sharp images with great colors and contrast. but wide open, it is really soft (at least mine was), almost unusably so -- which kind of negates the whole point of a 2.8 zoom in the first place. the 28-135 is as sharp at f4/4.5 with more range. then I bought the zeiss 16-80, which has a far more useful range on aps-c, and is sharper wide open than the 28-75 at the same apertures....so at that point the 28-75 was a clear third choice zoom, and easily expendable.

but I suppose it still has a pretty useful niche for a full-frame shooter looking for a budget lens until they can afford the zeiss 24-70. used correctly it really is capable of some beautiful images.
reviewer#7144 date: Mar-23-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 2.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:24-70HSM
price paid:$200
positive:-2,8 Constant
-Amazing starter short zoom
-Pretty sharp!
-Nice colours
-Fast focus
-Decent in low light
negative:-Flare
-No Focus Distance Window(Painted on)
-light, feels cheap
-Hunts
-No focus hold button(On G only)
comment: Another nice substitute for the pricier alternatives ∑24-70HSM or CZ24-70SSM. Its pretty light, which made me worried about being rough with it. Could be a great Walk about lens! Its pretty sharp and gives amazing colours!
reviewer#7136 date: Mar-22-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135, Minolta 28-105, Minolta 28-105 RS
price paid:410 USD
positive:Good sharpness at 2.8 on full-frame, prime sharp stepped down, colors, great minimum focusing distance
negative:Bokeh is nice, but not perfect, my sample has a soft left corner at wide angle settings unless stepped down
comment:I think I have a really good sample of this lens, because it's not soft even wide open. It has good center sharpness at 2.8 at all focal lengths. Stepped down to f5.6 it's as good as a 50mm prime. Colors and especially contrast are much better than the older Minolta lenses. There are no chromatic aberrations to speak of as with the 28-135mm lens.

My sample does have a softer left corner at wide angle settings only (right corner is already sharp at f4, whereas the left corner is soft) but it becomes sharp when stepped down. It may be a flaw with copies of this lens, and I will probably send mine to be calibrated, but it doesn't affect me so far as I step down to f11 anyways if I want corner to corner sharpness at wide angle.

I would definitely go with this lens over the old Minolta 28-135 for full-frame. The latter has very poor contrast unless stepped way down and CA galore.

Also, my lens has no zoom creep at all, which is apparently the case with some of the more worn out copies.
reviewer#6947 date: Feb-22-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM AF DT 18-70/3,5-5,6 (D)
KM AF 17-35/2,8-4,0 (D)
price paid:375 USD (used)
positive:very sharp
f 2,8 in the whole range
good build
good price for used pieces
negative:not wide enough
comment:My favourite lens. Much much better than set 18-70 I used to use before. The only negative for me is not enough wide end on APSC. I bellieve that for full frame camera it must be perfect lens in all aspects.
reviewer#6834 date: Jan-27-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$650 CDN
positive:Very Sharp
Fairly solid build
Nice colours
Fast focus
Good in low light
negative:None really
comment:Although I haven't tested formally I feel this lens is sharper at F2.8 at longer distances on my KM7D than it is on my A700.

Overall this is an excellent lens, especially for it's price range.
reviewer#6774 date: Jan-19-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:28-70G: lightweight, focuses faster.
price paid:Part of kit
positive:for the price paid, it is the perfect lens
negative:no focus control button
comment:
missing
reviewer#6773 date: Jan-19-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85 f1.4 G D
CZ 24-70 f2.8 SSM
Tamron SPAF 70-200 f2.8 Di LD (IF) macro
Tamron SPAF 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LD (IF)
Minolta 75-300
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Sony 18-70 DT kit
Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G
price paid:$300 AUD used
positive:excellent sharpness at f2.8 across range
fast focus
good close focus
negative:slight colour issues - puts a bit of a yellow warm effect on
comment:Great lens and it really is cracking sharp if that is what you are after. Definitely sharper than the Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G at 70mm f2.8 and similar in sharpness to the Minolta 80-200 f2.8 G and Tamron 70-200 f2.8. Obviously build quality is not quite as good as others but that really doesn't take the picture does it? Colours are the real negative for me due to an unusual yellowing of the image (this doesn't happen with the Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G). Definitely worth considering for this zoom range due to sharpness, all round ability and price point. I probably prefer the Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G over this because the loss in sharpness is only minor vs better colour and bokeh which really make a portrait.
reviewer#6685 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Macro
price paid:440 USD (new)
positive:* Good focal range/aperture for a walkaround lens.
* Good colors.
* The lens does not extend while focusing.
* Short MFD.
negative:* Soft wide open at all focal lengths, though not unusably so.
* On a full-frame camera, the corners are still soft at f/8.
* May be too narrow for APS-C users.
comment:I recently found a new copy of this lens at a local camera shop and immediately snatched it up. Compared to my Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Macro, this lens is lighter and more accurately reproduces colors. While not as sharp as the Sigma at 28mm f/2.8, it appears sharper at 70mm f/2.8. That being said, this lens is soft wide open. On a full-frame body, you'll get good center sharpness at f/3.2, but corners are still soft at f/4. With a crop-sensor, you'll get good overall sharpness at f/3.2. This doesn't bother me as I don't expect a walkaround zoom to be as sharp as a prime, but your mileage may vary.

An interesting sidenote - DxO v6 incorrectly identifies this lens as the Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM and will automatically apply corrections to your image. At a glance, the corrections are accurate, or at least close enough to be a good starting point for your post processing.
reviewer#6484 date: Nov-29-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 2
flare control: 2
overall: 3.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta F:4 35-70, Minolta F:3.6-4.5 28-105 RS, Minolta F:3.5-4.5 35-105, Tokina F:3.5-4.5 28-70
price paid:au$110 (Pawn shop)
positive:It is a fast lens at F2.8 but disappointingly is not particularly sharp. Even many of the supplied sample images attached to these reviews show this. I am very surprised that it has rated as high as it has.
negative:Soft even stopped down if compared to lens like the Minolta F4 35-70 which produces a far better image. I have several Minolta lenses that match or beat it with the exception of speed in low light. They are commonly available at a fraction of its cost. It needs stopping down for reasonable sharpness to the extent where its speed advantage is lost. It is not suitable for full frame - another big negative as most people will end up full frame in time. It is very prone to flare unless you buy a large rubber hood - the one provided is useless.
comment:It is a good general purpose low light lens, but nowhere near as sharp or as good a colour as the other Minolta lenses that I have compared it to. The classic Minolta 35-70 F:4 provides a far superior image in all except extremely low light conditions. I still keep it for times when I can't use flash indoors and don't want to use a prime. (As a matter of interest I have borrowed another copy of the lens and found the same results - so it isn't a matter of me having a bad copy.) I guess that it rates so high simply because it is a 2.8 regardless of the fact that it has to be stopped right down for anything approaching a reasonable result.
reviewer#6470 date: Nov-26-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min BC
Min 35-105 3.5-4.5
Min 28-85 3.5-4.5
Sony 16-105
Sony 18-70/75-300
Sony 50 1.4
Min 50 1.7/ 24 2.8/ 28-2.8
price paid:450 CAD$ (New)
positive:Superb color
Sharp Sharp Sharp
FF
Great Bokeh
Great DOF from 2.8
Hood
negative:A bit plasticky but feel solid over all
comment:Excellent deal on the price.
Many people goes for Tamron version but wait until you try this.
The color and the bokeh is perhaps its best streagths.
I spend 500 CAD$ (TAx incl) and it is worth every penny.
Many people seem to have problem with zoom creep but mine is brand new and I dont have that problem just yet.

I know the G must be better but you also spend a fortune more!
reviewer#6469 date: Nov-26-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-70
MAF 50 1,7
MAF 70-210
MAF 24 2,8
price paid:70000 HUF (used)
positive:Sharp from 3,2 and very very sharp from f4
petal hood
fast AF and good performance in low light
good ergonomic with a700
negative:zoom creep -.-'
2,8 not the best
comment:Sometimes i really miss the wide angle, but i don't want to buy a tamrom 17-50 preferably a 10-24mm.
reviewer#6289 date: Oct-28-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80 3.5-4.5
Sigma 17-70 2.8
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:constant f2.8
awesome colours
negative:28mm often not wide enough on APS-C
becoming harder to find
comment:This was my first wide-angle zoom after the kit lens I got with my a100. It feels much more solid on an a700, especially with the vertical grip. Would like to see how it performs on an a900 or a850.

Sony's coming out with a re-branded version of this lens with its fancy SSM and selling it for $1000 CDN. Still much cheaper than the 24-70 G, but way overpriced compared to this lens.

Were it not for the 1.5 crop-factor on the a100/a700 (etc.) I'd have this lens mounted full-time as my walk-around lens. It's just not wide enough for some street-scape style shots I like to take, or for some indoor people shots.

That said, it's got a lot going for it: wonderful colours that are typical Minolta, the constant f2.8 which is quite sharp wide open in most cases. Especially at the centre of the shot. It does tend to get a little soft at the edges wide open.

Best replacement for the kit lens until I got the Zeiss 16-80, which is a much more useful range. Although I do miss the constant f2.8. It's always a bit of a trade-off. I can't bring myself to sell this lens.
reviewer#5684 date: Jul-10-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Primes
G glass
price paid:400€
positive:Light
Nice range on FF / film
Sharp in the center
negative:Not so sharp in the corners
Not so sharp wide open
comment:I bought this lens as a general purpose standard zoom on my A900. I really liked the range and the light weight, but was disapointed by the corner performance. This lens is a compromise but in the end, I don't think it is usable on full frame.

I would very much recommend this lens on a smaller sensor camera, since the performance is really good if you take out the corners.
reviewer#5670 date: Jul-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-85mm 3.5-4.5
35-70mm F4
50mm 1.7
70-210mm F4 Beercan
75-300mm 4.5-5.6(Big Beercan) Takumar 28mm 3.5, 35mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 55mm 1.8, 105mm 2.5, 135mm 3.5
Zeiss 35mm 2.4, 50mm 1.8, 135 3.5
price paid:350 USD
positive:Very sharp from F3.5
Boken is very good!
Good colors
Internal Focus!
Great center sharpness @ 2.8
negative:Zoom creep to 50mm
Softish @ F2.8 sharpens up from F3.2 on.

comment:I had been wanting this lens for quite a while! I have not been let down at all. The build is good. Just not worthy of a 5 after having so many "85 series" Minolta's. Its my first internal focus lens! Its wonderful! My copy of the lens does have zoom creep to 50mm it take a little while though! It also doesnt bother me at all! over i think this lens was worth ever penny! @ 2.8 it is VERY usable! @ 3.2 and on the sharper and sharper it gets! It matches up with my beercan quite well. Over all this lens and the beercan are my main walk arounds! 28mm is plenty wide for me in general photography! This lens is what i would call a people lens! Its rather good for portraits!Though of coarse you not going to get the corner sharpness wide open like you would primes.

Update: After taking taking some photos of my dogs....this lens is VERY sharp actually at 2.8(center sharpness). I can count the hairs on his face! Maybe i just happened to get a sharp version! I am very happy with my purchase!
reviewer#5663 date: Jul-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70, Minolta 35-70 f4, Minolta 28- 135 f4-4.5,
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:sharpness kicks in at f4. f2.8, nice colors, zoom range
negative:Zoom Creep, some what soft at wide end
comment:Overall, this is the cheapest alternative to the Minolta 28-70G. Sony is considering to bring it back with it's brand name. A true winner for the price range. I was considering the Tamron version but heard biased reviews about that so went with the Minolta version. The Zoom creep is very intriguing but that's with every copy and cannot be avoided. Once i started to neglect that issue, this is the ultimate contender. If you want more range on the wider side consider Sigma 24-70 f2.8. Other wise, you'll not be disappointed.

After purchasing the CZ1680. I sold this lens and i repent doing that. With out any doubt, this can produce some decent results on FF cameras. For APS-C focal length can be a problem as it is tight to squeeze everything in closed spaces
reviewer#5651 date: Jul-5-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:28-70/2.8 G
price paid:300 USD (new)
positive:Compact
Light
Reasonably fast
Obtainable at reasonable price
negative:Colors sometimes appear faded or tinted when shooting indoors. Soft at 2.8
comment:This was my walkaround lens with my first alpha, an a100. It came bundled with the DT18-70. As soon as I saw the plastic mounting ring on the 18-70 I sold it and got the 28-75D. This lens is a good value and vastly superior to the 18-70 kit lens. It's versatile for indoors or out and fully ADI flash compatible. If you're not going to shell out the $$$ for a G or CZ, this is the way to go. The build is reasonable and it gets quite sharp around f8. It does tend to flare somewhat when pointing directly into the sun but this effect can be pleasing in certain shots. All in all this is a good lens for those not requiring professional specs as long as the price is reasonable.
reviewer#5545 date: Jun-16-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-70
Sony 18-70
Minolta 70-210/4
Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 18-125
price paid:(used) 320 USD
positive:Sharpness at F4 and smaller
Filter size
Colors
Fast AF, and smoothness of manual focusing
Exterior aesthetics of the lens
No CA
negative:Focus ring is reversed
Zoom creep (obviously not covered by warranty)
Lack of zoom lock like Tamron
28mm just isn't wide enough for APS-C
comment:I am impressed with this lens, even at F2.8 it is VERY usable, and once you stop down to F4, the sharpness is very impressive, as others have mentioned, it can then be compared to primes in terms of sharpness. I can't see many lenses showing more detail at f5.6. The candid pictures I took at my sister's wedding had amazing colors, sharpness, and bokeh. I also used the Sigma 17-70 that day, and although the Sigma's images looked very nice, this lens' colors and contrast was noticably better.
The build rating I had to give a 4, because the only flaw is the zoom creep. I have heard that the Tamron's zoom lock isn't even needed on the Tamron because it doesn't suffer from zoom creep and that concerns me, and has me always looking for a good deal on a Tamron 28-75. This lens isn't my walkaround lens (this goes to my Sigma 17-70), and some day, I may eventually sell this lens, and start using a Tamron 17-50/2.8 just because 28mm isn't wide enough for general use, and having a constant f/2.8 is a great thing. Keep your wide angle lens when you get this lens.
My lens at 28mm also doesn't focus correctly all of the time, but at all other focal lengths, it hits the focus every time. It wasn't too big of a deal, so I didn't send it in for warranty service.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 120
  • sharpness: 4.55
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.08
  • distortion: 4.55
  • flare control: 4.47
  • overall: 4.47

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