Minolta AF 28-70mm F2.8 G A-mount lens review by sarapata1

reviewer#9745 date: Jan-2-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
Sony 50mm F1.4
Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Minolta 100mm F2.0
Sony 35mm F1.4
price paid:450 EUR used
positive:excellent colours
beautiful bokeh
strongly built
negative:MFD - could be restrictive in some situations
flare resistance
comment:I love this lens. The pictures captured via this glass show off by themselves - outstanding colours and bokeh.

Sharpnesswise - both Minoltas 100mm I own are sharper, but the difference is not huge and those are primes.

Flare - this is probably the only real downside. Be prepared to use a 3rd party hood, not the original one (which is just not enough at all). Try not to include the sun in your pics otherwise you loose a lot of contrast and probably get ugly blobs.

In general, when used properly, it delivers what you expect of the lens of this class. Recommended.

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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