Minolta AF 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II A-mount lens review by D5lof

reviewer#2015 date: Mar-23-2007
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
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:18-70 f/3.5-5.6
75-300 f/4.5-5.6
50 f/1.7 RS
price paid:part of kit
positive:weight
negative:sharpness
build quality
comment:This is the worst lens I have. Bought it together with my
Dynax 505si and the 75-300 lens. I soon discovered that pictures taken with the 75-300mm lens looked much better.
After I bought the 50 f/1.7 lens, I was amazed by the difference in picture quality, even on 10x15cm prints.
After that, I used the 50mm for 80% of my pictures.
This kit lens was only used where I really needed to go wider than 50mm.

I never use this lens on digital, although it is up to 2/3 stop faster than the 18-70mm kit lens at some focal lengths. That could be an advantage, but the 18-70mm lens is soooo much sharper.

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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