Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by JamesAlpha850

reviewer#9426 date: Sep-16-2011
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Maxxum AF 35-105mm (old)
price paid:$800.00
positive:Booming great color and bokeh
Great sharpness across the image wide open
Reasonably fast focus with FF firmware upgrade
negative:None. (Well, I wish it were lighter to tote around.)
comment:This is the one I'll turn to for most of my walk-around photography now. I have been spoiled by the 35-105 for its color, sharpness and lighter weight. I can see the AF28-70 moving closer into position to rival my old classic zoom. This is the first of two G lenses for me. The focus micro-adjusts on the A850 extremely well. Several test shots taken at the Farmer's Street Market last weekend blew me away when I pulled them into Lightroom 3. The OOF is magical. Overall, a superior optic, made with prime materials and a precision difficult to find in the current production lens market.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 70
  • sharpness: 4.66
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.96
  • distortion: 4.89
  • flare control: 4.24
  • overall: 4.75
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