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

reviewer#6704 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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 own this lens
compared to:16-80 CZ
17-70 Sigma
price paid:EUR 35 second hand
positive:Colours ok
Cheap
Ok range
negative:None
comment:I concur with Derek below. I got this lens ages ago to use on my 700xi and got it back from my father in law whom I lent it to to use on his A100. I tested this lens against the 16-80 and the 17-70 (in low light and at ISO 400 and 800) and frankly the pictures surprised me as they aren't that bad at all. The colours are a bit less warm than the 16-80 colours, but generally good. The building quality is fine, although it has a plastic mount. BTW, my copy is black. It may be that I am mistaking my lens for another, but I could not find another lens that looked like mine or has the same characteristics as mine, so there are probably black copies around as well. The lesn looks the same as on the picture on the left, just black in stead of silvery grey.

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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