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

reviewer#13227 date: Apr-13-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:cz16-80, minolta 28-80, tamron 70-200 2.8
price paid:$650 au
positive:Built as well as any lens I've ever held, sharpness, colours, easy to manual focus, well weighted and relatively smooth focus & zoom ring, constant 2.8, smooth bokeh.
The 28-70 2.8 G 'look'
negative:flare & ghosting, mimimum focus distance, slow focus, sharpness at 70mm & 2.8.
comment:I bought this lens to go with an a900 & I've absolutely fallen in love with it. I'm sure that something like the cz24-70 2.8 or even the new Tamron 24-70 2.8 would be sharper & focus much faster there is just something intangibly nice about the images I get out of the 'G'

There are flaws such as flare control, and it's a bit soft at 2.8 and the focusing is slow, very slow. But there is something intangible about it that I just like the results I get.

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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