Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by nitrosyl
|nitrosyl#6041 date: Sep-14-2009|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||- Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Vario-Sonnar T*|
- Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T*
- Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8 EX DG
- Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DF
- Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5
- Minolta 28mm f/2
- Minolta 50mm f/2.8 Macro RS
|positive:||- sharp right from f/2.8|
- excellent bokeh
- built like a tank
- internal zooming
- circular aperture blades
|negative:||- slow focus speed|
- short MFD
- no WA on APS-C
- silly hood
|comment:||This beauty has a few obvious drawbacks such as relatively slow focusing speed, long minimum focusing distance, 42-105mm equivalent range on APS-C, and the often-criticized silly lens shade. |
For me it is still a KEEPER despite all the aforementioned negatives. *IMAGE QUALITY* is the keyword here. Excellent sharpness (right from wide open), pleasing bokeh, and classic Minolta color were what I was looking after, and the G delivers! It definitely produces visibly better images than the two Sigma mid-range zooms (24-60/2.8 & 24-70/2.8) I previously owned. This thing is a great deal at less than half of the CZ 24-70's price.
Sure its focusing speed is on the slow side, but I have used this lens to photograph multiple events and rarely missed any shots if at all. Flare hasn't been an issue as I mostly use this lens indoor or in low-light situations. A Minolta 85/1.4 (original, G, or G D) lens hood makes a good substitute since it doesn't produce any visible vignetting on APS cameras.
Bottom line, if you need 24mm on the wide end, very fast AF speed, and money is not a problem, go for the Zeiss. Otherwise the G deserves some serious thought.
*Update* If only can the 28-70 G focus closer and faster.. Alas, I finally yield to the temptation of CZ 24-70/2.8..