Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by 9000AF
|9000AF#11532 date: Dec-8-2013|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8|
Minolta 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X
|price paid:||USD450 used|
|positive:||+ looks pretty, same texture as the A99|
+ already sharp at f/2.8, getting better from there
+ internal zoom and focus
+ colors and contrast are great
+ smooth bokeh
+ focus-hold button
+ 72mm filter thread like many Minolta/Sony lenses
|negative:||- standard hood is worthless, I recommend a knock-off Canon EW78-BII (from their 28-135mm)|
- AF is slow but pretty reliable, no real problem with the A99
- MFD could be shorter
|comment:||This is a solid lens with a personality of its own. |
Build / handling:
Feels very balanced and comfortable on the larger bodies. I like the fact that it does not extend when zooming. Built to last and very attractive design.
AF is OK with the newer bodies, flare resistance is not bad in my example, no issue with a deep petal hood (see above).
Solid portrait and event lens, f/2.8 is usable across the range with my example when you nail the focus, f/3.2-3.5 is a bit more robust. This lens has a certain quality that is hard to explain, I like the portraits I'm getting from it.
Great fast standard zoom lens for FF.