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

reviewer#9154 date: Jun-19-2011
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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:Sony 18-55
Sony 55-200
Minolta 75-300
price paid:kit lens
positive:Light
Nice range on film
Matches my silver 505si super
Nice colours
Not a bad portrait lens on aps-c
negative:Cheap plastic build
Soft focus
Not wide enough on aps-c
comment:As you can see I'm not comparing this to any stellar lenses here, but even in this company this lens is poor to adequate. The focus is soft everywhere, to the point that I was beginning to think my a700 had focus problems until I realised that noting appeared in focus. This was a kit lens with my 505si super along with the 75-300mm. The 75-300mm is in different league optically. It does have some redeeming features however. The range on aps-c and the soft focus makes it a quite decent portrait lens and it does display good colour and as someone else has mentioned here, is able to produce some fantastic sunset images. I'll be holding on to mine for those rare occasions when it will be used and when I get the 70-400 G my silver lens count will have increased to 3 ;-)

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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