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

reviewer#4820 date: Feb-7-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:sony DT-18-70
sigma 24 mm f/2.8
minolta 50 mm f/1.7 RS
sigma 28-80 macro
price paid:
works well for it's price
negative:cheap build
plasticky feeling
metallic grey color
comment:i had this one as a kitlens on my dynax 40... when i gave away my dynax 40 to a friend, who still loves to shoot on 35 mm film, as he was devastated when his slr was stolen on a holiday in France,(what to ask for a analog slr in this case??) I also gave this lens away with it.. Why? i didn't need it on my sony a200, and i hate the color. Grey metallic..i didn't need a 28-80 on my a200 as i already had the 18-70 kitlens... It is cheap, i used it a lot on 35 mm, but it is nothing special. after some time, i noticed some grinding sound when focussing.. not very sharp, but for a beginner it is not too bad, considering the price and build-quality..i bought some time ago a very old sigma 28-80 with macro lock at 80 mm, it works in my opinion better, but only at macro..

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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