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

reviewer#6780 date: Jan-19-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8
Tamron 28-75/2.8
price paid:$800
negative:Close focus too long
comment:I purchased this lens in "New Old Stock" condition a couple years ago after reading the reviews. After using the lens and much testing I decided to sell the example I had. It was NOT getting the job done at f2.8. Wide open the lens was useless to me...ghosting and flair was very noticeable. Stopped down the lens was great but I bought the lens to shoot wide-open. The KM and Tamron 28-75/2.8's were MUCH better. I think I just got a bad sample.

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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