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

reviewer#7815 date: Aug-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:100/2.8, beercan, Zeiss 16-80
price paid:850 (like new)
positive:everything
negative:Crappy stock hood
comment:I’ve had this lens for about a month now. I hadn’t really put it to a good test until just yesterday. You see, I contemplated selling it due to financial reasons; but when I saw what this lens is capable of, I quickly ended the sale.

I’ve always been one to determine a lens’ quality by how ‘sharp’ it is. That has always been my benchmark. That is, until now. Wide open this lens is not as sharp as I had hoped for, but certainly sharp enough. Sure, shoot the text on a magazine page at 2.8 and you’ll certainly notice a difference between this and, let’s say, the Minolta 100mm 2.8 or even the beercan. My personal test has always been shooting my African Grey parrot. I like to, distinctly, see each individual strand of a feather under 100% magnification. But has that been practical? This lens says no.

Now, let’s get real here. Shoot a typical subject whether it is animate or inanimate, under normal conditions and this lens will shine. The colors are extraordinary and the bokeh is the cream of the crop. This lens makes me wish I was an artist, a painter.

Glare/flare has not been an issue since I located a good aftermarket hood. There is no CA or distortion. It zooms and focuses internally. It’s not overly long and built like a tank.

If you can find a gently loved one for under a grand, go for it.

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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