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

reviewer#4422 date: Nov-22-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:24mm 2.8
50mm 1.7
17 - 35mm 2.8 - 4
16mm fisheye
70 - 210mm 4

price paid:800 USD (used)
positive:build,
colour rendition,
weight (its damn heavy)
smooth zoom action
negative:sharp but not amazingly so.
fragile.
stupid dish hood
comment:an absolutly beautiful lens to use. i gave it a 4.5 sharpness rating because its not as sharp wide open as my primes.
Its a perfect all around studio lens. wide enough to shoot small groups, and long enough to make very pretty portraits.
that and the impressive size and weight never fails to impress a client ;)
mine is currently in japan being realigned. inner elements have shifted out of place causing a "double image" in the photo.
i can only hope it comes back to me soon.

i have recieved my copy back from its little realignment in osaka and its like new. as well i have had a chance to test it on the 900, where it absolutly shines.
after getting used to the fact that it feels a bit short at 70mm, it really is nice to use, i just wish that i could figure out how to make a better hood for it.

Update on the hood for this lens. I took a canon petal hood and cut the bottom off and glued that section to the original dish hood. Now it has a perfect petal shaped hood that also mounts properly on 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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