Minolta AF 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II A-mount lens review by taztonio

reviewer#10681 date: Nov-10-2012
sharpness: 2.5
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 2.7
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:Sony SAL-1855
Sigma 28-80 3.5-5.6 Aspherical
Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:18.50 USD (eBay)
light weight
simple dial in focal lengths
negative:no macro button
not very sharp
a little slow
comment:Minolta 28-80 II 3.5-5.6

1st of all I'm a newbie, I've only had my camera for less than a week and I'm trying out different lenses.

My biggest issue is the lens lacks a macro switch, so I find it hard to know when/where the lens will go into macro mode. This maybe just a newbie issue but I also got a Sigma 28-80 with a macro switch (The sigma is clearly labeled to set at 80mm for macro).

The sigma seems to AF faster and better. (I used AF for my comparison to take my inexperience out of the evaluation.) I also like the depth as well as color better with the sigma.

All my objections could be just my lens, but I'll keep the sigma and resell the Minolta.

One other note about AF in macro mode.
The Minolta 28-80 II seems to auto focus in macro mode. The Sigma also auto focuses in macro mode. I saw the hack for Minolta's with the switch, apparently the sigma don't need the hack.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 24
  • sharpness: 3.52
  • color: 4.04
  • build: 3.04
  • distortion: 3.54
  • flare control: 3.42
  • overall: 3.51
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