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

reviewer#6869 date: Feb-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:It's not fair to compare this cheap light weight to much more expensive and much more heavy lenses.
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap
Nice 1:4 "macro" performance
extremely light weight
full frame (none of my lenses is APSc, I've been using Minolta since 7000 and like to be prepared for full frame digital)
Quiet and surprisingly fast AF in low light
negative:No distance scale
comment:Mine is black as well and fully corresponds with all the details given about the ugly silver one. Although it's not a perfect lens compared to my primes, I gave 5's for everything to compensate for the oldest review that rated it far below doorstopper quality.

I tried to catch some flare in full sun with the hood off, no success and I can't find any distortion or CA. If you want magnificent sharpness, colours, details, contrast, you have to pay the price, first when buying, then in carying the weight and finally in risk of theft or damage. This lens is excellent value for money.

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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