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

reviewer#11029 date: Apr-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
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:Tamron 4-5.6/28-105
Sony SAL 2.8/28
Minolta 1.7/50
price paid:15 Euro (incl. cam.)
positive:light-weight, cheap, small, compact, performs well
negative:does not seem very sturdy
comment:I got this lens attached to a somewhat broken Dyanx 5 for 9 Euro plus delivery fee from Ebay from a gentleman who sold this as broken, as the camera was broken. I could not find any of the problems people usually criticize it for as it just works fine. I am about to replace it with a high(er) speed lens though. Yes, it feels damn cheap, but... it was definitely cheap for me.
Might have some distortions at 28mm but I did not really compare it with another lens, but it seems my Sony 2.8/28 has less.

I like it not adding extra weight to my A850.

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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