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

reviewer#5332 date: May-3-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-80 II f4-f5.6
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp Good colours
Inexpensive
negative:Nothing for the price
comment:The test shots I took with this lens shocked me. Didn't expect much but the results sent me to the cupboard for my 28-105, a lens which should outperform this easily.

Well it does, but only at maximum aperture. Once stopped down 2/3rds of astop it became difficult to tell the difference btween the images. Every bit as good as the 35-80.

Judging by the previous reviews, I was surprised at the IQ produced by this lens. I can only put it down to typical kit lens sample variations; ie if you find a good one, it can be very good.

Build wise mine seems well put together with no looseness or rattles; fast and quiet autofocus. I haven't noticed any distortion.

Sorry, I just can't explain it judging from all other reviews I have seen for this lens.

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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