Minolta AF 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II A-mount lens review by Phil Wood
|Phil Wood#44423 date: Nov-13-2019|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta - AF 24-50 F4|
Minolta - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta - AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Minolta - AF 28-80 F4-5.6
Minolta - AF 28-80 F3.5-5.6 II
Minolta - AF 28-80 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta - AF 28-80 xi F4-5.6
Minolta - AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta - AF 28-105 xi F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta - AF 35-70 F4
Minolta - AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6
Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6 xi
Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
Minolta - AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5
Minolta - AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
Minolta - AF 35-200 xi F4.5-5.6
Sony - DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony - AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony - AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
|price paid:||10 GBP|
|positive:||It's very cheap and very light.|
|negative:||Image quality is indifferent at best.|
|comment:||This is a lens built to a budget to be sold as a kit lens with a camera of equally low quality. It does its job, centre sharpness is okay, if you were taking family snaps on film it would do an acceptable job. Put it on a digital body and its failings are immediately obvious. |
The biggest problem for these cheap kit lenses is that they have lost their one real advantage - low cost. Today one can buy a 35-70mm f4 for much the same minimal price and see for yourself the immense image quality gap. It does cost a little more to cover the same 28-80mm range, but the old 28-85s are inexpensive and prices of the quite impressive 28-105 and 24-85mm lenses are falling steadily.
If you are shooting on an APS-C digital body (I suspect most are) then the range is not so useful - the 18-55mm kit lenses are a far better bet.
The bottom line is that this is really a lens for collectors who want the complete set, best kept on a shelf and off the camera.
Sharpness - poor to indifferent, it never really gets crisp.
Colour - fine, but not outstanding.
Build - very plastic, but there are a lot out there after 20 years and still working.
Distortion - typical of its class, not really a problem.
Flare - problems well before the sun gets into the frame. Definitely a lens that works better with the sun on your back.