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

reviewer#6777 date: Jan-19-2010
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-75/2.8D. Although I liked the 28-75D for its sharpness and faster focusing speed, I began to prefer this lens for its image quality. On the maxxum 9 slow AF becomes a non-issue.

24-70CZ: Colors are superior in that CZ images appeared very "plastic" and glossy in comparison. CZ also extends when zooming which was a big deal breaker for me.
price paid:1200USD +1100USD new
positive:Solid construction. Workmanship.
Two apertures.
Focus hold button. Non-rotating front element, length does not change while zooming.
negative:Slow AF speed, heavy, flare, no SSM.
As said multiple times before, the hood is a joke.
comment:I have two copies of this lens, both bought in 2007. My second copy consistently produces sharper images than the first. Both however are exceptional compared to every other zoom in this category (24-70CZ while sharp, seems to produce images that are too "antiseptic")

Took this lens on a road trip in India and Scotland. In rain, blizzard, the lens survived and kept churning out one awesome shot after another. Flare, even when visible, adds a nice natural touch to the shots. This lens is a gem.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 68
  • sharpness: 4.67
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.96
  • distortion: 4.90
  • flare control: 4.28
  • overall: 4.76
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