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

reviewer#46923 date: Jan-19-2023
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:All other Minolta zooms covering 28-70.
Sony CZ 24-70/2.8 Mk I
price paid:100 GBP
positive:The best IQ from any zoom Minolta ever made covering this range
Focus hold button
negative:MFD is too long
Slow AF
comment:Some lenses are hopeless at AF, hunting and rarely finding; some, like the beercan, snap into focus; some get there so quick you barely register it; this one glides serenely into focus, it gets there, but it's not a lens for action photography.
Once in focus the results are remarkably good, some softness in the corners at f2.8 but, all in all, as good as the Sony 24-70 - it really is very good.
The minimum focus distance is a bit of a joke; sometimes I like to hold something in shot as a scale object - not with this lens, my arms just aren't long enough. Macro - forget it.
As many note, it is not a light lens (though not as heavy as the Sony), carry it around all day and you'll notice this!

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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