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

reviewer#12030 date: Nov-10-2014
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 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.

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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