Minolta AF 28-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#10221 date: May-18-2012
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta F4 35-70
Minolta F4.5 35-80
Minolta F4.5-5.6 28-80
Minolta F4.5-5.6 70-210
Minolta F4 70-210
Minolta F4.5-5.6 75-300 (Big Beercan)
Minolta F1.4 50mm
Minolta F1.7 50mm
Sony 18-55 3.5-5.6
price paid:
negative:Sharpness, bent sharpness, loud, slow
comment:I got it as wedding gift with the Minolta Clasic 600i back int the 1990:th.
The sharpness is OK for film. It is sub-standard for Digital photography. The focus distance is bent, it is clearly closer focus in the sides than in the center. I thought it was soft in the sides, but after closer look it is only heavily bent focus area. Softer than the Sony kit and Minolta F4 35-70. I dont use it anymore since getting the 35-70, since 35-70 is sharper, more colors and contrast, better in all way. And the Sony kit lens covers the wide focal length.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 3.61
  • color: 4.11
  • build: 3.63
  • distortion: 3.95
  • flare control: 3.53
  • overall: 3.76
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