Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by Phil Wood
|Phil Wood#46923 date: Jan-19-2023|
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|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|
|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!