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

reviewer#385 date: Jan-5-2006
sharpness: 2
color: 2
build: 1
distortion: 2
flare control: 1
overall: 1.6
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:- 28-80 f3.5-5.6 (D)
- 28-80mm f4-5.6
- 28mm f2.8
- 50mm f1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:- price
- protects the mirror and CCD
negative:- build
- optics
- colour
- flare
- CA
comment:Ugly lens in every sense of the word. Build quality is the worst I've seen (about the same as the D version). There is so much play in the barrel that I wouldn't be suprised if it messed with the auto focus. There is a huge loss of fine details in almost any situation. This lens seems to do better than the D version, and probably better than version I when it comes to optics. The f4-5.6 version has the best build quality.

See comparisons of 28-80mm lenses on pbase while they're up:

http://www.pbase.com/dbradley/7d_lens_tests

Save money and weight and use the cap that came with your camera to protect your mirror and CCD.

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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