Minolta AF 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II A-mount lens review by SB42f

reviewer#44137 date: Sep-26-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:A variety of prime and zoom lenses, Mostly Minolta, Sony, Sigma etc
price paid:$25
negative:Usual issues with lenses designed for use with 35mm SLR film cameras.

Lack of modern coatings. Lens hood suggested
comment:Something I have come to understand when evaluating an older lens is to take into consideration that since I am not the original owner, I have no idea of the history of how the lens was cared for over the years. The cameras that I used were an a100, a55 and an a57.

Aside from the silver barrel, unusual filter diameter and a definite "cheap" feel it does perform mechanically smoothly.
This lens proved to be better than I expected. The color and sharpness are average for Minolta lenses from this era. Unsurprisingly it does best in bright natural light conditions. Performs well when shooting close-ups. Some slight purple fringing at the edges.
Overall my opinion is that this lens is worth having and using.
One won't achieve "Gold" performance from this lens and it suffers from the same drawbacks as other legacy lenses, but it does deliver very good color and acceptable IQ within a limited range.

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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