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

reviewer#9711 date: Dec-22-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 35-80 II
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-80 xi
price paid:9 GBP used
positive:Sharp but never razor sharp
Minolta colour
negative:Plastic mount.
Could be sharper
comment:My copy is usable wide open and improves to be quite sharp between f8-f11 without ever reaching the sharpness of the above lenses, which are very sharp. However it does have a slightly wider range than the 35 - xx s.

Certainly no undiscovered gem but if on a tight budget worth a try - my previous copy of this lens was much sharper.

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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