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

reviewer#3331 date: Mar-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:
price paid:
positive:Professional build, nice colors, zoom range (esp. on film or ff).
negative:Heavy, focus speed (if it's an issue), supplied lens shade.
comment:I admire the engineering of this lens. It does not seem totally 'sharp' until f4, until then there is a kind of 'glow' or something about the image. Could be used to advantage if desired. There are 2 apertures in the lens, one is used to improve the bokeh I think, maybe like with the STF lens? It's still autofocus though which is nice. The focus is slow but somehow pleasant sounding to me so I don't mind. Images seem to have a 3D appearance with just regular .jpg's out of the camera.

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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