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

reviewer#2915 date: Nov-8-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Minolta 28-75 F2.8 D
Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5
price paid:
positive:Sooo sharp!
Sharp at 2.8
Build quality
negative:Noisy autofocus
Slow autofocus
Pretty heavy
comment:For me, the end result is IQ. This lens has to be one of Minolta's best for mid-range zooms (IQ-wise). Images are sharp with good color and bokeh up to about 50mm. After that they're still sharp, just not as sharp. Carrying around something so heavy is not a problem for me when I want the best IQ.

I use this lens for static, slow moving objects. The AF just isn't fast enough for much else. When I want to shoot candids, I usually grab the 28-75D because AF is very fast, but trade-off is IQ IMO. Also, the MFD of the G could be a problem with close shots.

For portraits with good bokeh and color, I'll grab the G-unit. My copy is good and sharp at 2.8.

Have not had a problem with distortion (but don't shoot wide often), or flare. Will update if these are problems.

EDIT: Distortion is visible at 28mm as well as flare, but flare not so much. Had to downgrade the scores for these two by 1.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 69
  • sharpness: 4.65
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.96
  • distortion: 4.88
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.75
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