Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by Kaishi
|Kaishi#12030 date: Nov-10-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||(APS-C) Sony SEL1650PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom (E-mount)|
(APS-C) Sony SAL1870 DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (2000s kit lens)
(FF) Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (1980s standard zoom)
(FF) Minolta AF 28-135mm f/4-4.5 (secret handshake)
(FF) Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4
|price paid:||450 USD (BGN)|
|positive:||-Sharp, even at f/2.8, even better at f/4 or f/5.6|
-Fast aperture, and very similar exposures at all focal lengths.
-Accepts a lens hood (instantly better than secret handshake).
-Minimal distortion for an older zoom lens.
-Very little chromatic aberration.
-Fantastic for portraits, even in low light. Usable indoors!
-Aesthetically matches the A900 (IMO)
|negative:||-Heavy, huge, a bit of a burden to carry.|
-Useless range on APS-C, don't bother trying it.
-Focus is slow by modern standards.
-Lens hood is stubby and won't help too much.
-HORRIBLE minimum focus distance, 1:11 Macro (but this is a design limitation, and you should know it before you buy).
-Sans "D" function, so ADI flash isn't going to work.
|comment:||I bought this to replace my secret handshake when shooting indoors. It is incredible and I instantly fell in love with it. Hands down my favorite lens for candid portraits.|
If only a hybrid of this lens and the secret handshake existed. I find myself wanting a little more reach, a little faster focus, but without giving up any aperture.