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

reviewer#4203 date: Oct-10-2008
sharpness: 2.5
color: 2
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF18-70 Kit-lens
Minolta AF28-80D Kit-lens
Minolta AF35-70 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-80 F4-5.6
Minolta AF35-105 F3.5-4.5
Sigma AF28-105 F3.8-5.6
price paid:
positive:Very cheap (but still too expensive)
negative:Dull colours
Poor contrast
Not very sharp
Poor build quality
comment:The best application for this lens is to have one to give away when you're going to sell a camera body... So the buyer can see that the camera body is working.

All the lenses I have compared with the Minolta AF28-80 F3.5-5.6 II (Ř62) are better in regard to image quality and of cause also build quality.
Colours are very dull on this lens - contract is poor - and sharpness below average.

If you're in the market for an expendable cheap lens - go looking for the Minolta AF28-80D kit-lens (Ř55) or the Minolta AF35-70 F3.5-4.5 instead as the image quality of these lenses are surprisingly good.

This one - the Minolta AF28-80 II with Ř62 filter - is the worst lens out of 50+ that I have owned. There are many of these lenses to buy at very low prices - but walk away and just keep the present Minolta/Sony kit lens that usually comes almost for free with a new camera.
This lens is not worth buying/having - there are much, much better alternatives available for the same low price.

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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