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

reviewer#1486 date: Nov-28-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Kit 18-70, 28-80 3.5-5.6 D, 28-80 4-5.6 Xi, Quantaray 28-80 3.5-5.6
price paid:
positive:Inexpensive, light, perhaps a nice alternative if you want to avoid damaging your kit lens on an outing (bit of a stretch here...)
negative:Need to stop down to 5.6 at the wide end for decent photos, 5.6 at the long end is okay.
comment:As mentioned maybe you would buy this lens if you are on a shoot where there is a chance the lens may get banged up and this one is dispensable. If you didn't at least get the kit 18-70 and you are on a really really tight budget then maybe this lens is for you. Actually truth be told it can take nice sharp photos in the right light, it is not a toy despite the look of the silver exterior.

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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