Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by 9000AF

reviewer#11532 date: Dec-8-2013
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; 61MP61 MP
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 70
  • sharpness: 4.66
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.96
  • distortion: 4.89
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.75
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