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

reviewer#4338 date: Nov-6-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Sony 16-105
Sony 18-70
Sony 75-300
price paid:910
positive:+ the G Dreamy-ness (color, bokeh & sharpness)
+ solid construction
negative:- Min Focus Distance
- slow AF
- 72mm filter diameter
comment:When the stars align, this lens is amazing. The IQ leaves me just staring at some of the pics I've managed to snap. The color rendition and bokeh are not matched by any other lens I've tried. The sharpness can be tack sharp, but I sometimes find myself struggling with the min focusing distance.

While I have rated this lens all 5's, the question is...would I actually buy it again, and in all honesty, the answer is 'don't know'. The AF is slow enough to make me second guess the purchase. I struggled to decide between this and the CZ. I ended up settling on the Minolta as I love the pics I've seen, and had been left cold by a lot of the CZ's. Having gotten the lens, I seriously struggle with the min focusing distance. The AF is 'ok' on my A700, but only marginally so. If neither of these matter, you can't go wrong...and at a MUCH better price than the CZ.

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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