Minolta AF 28-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by damian.bradley

reviewer#386 date: Jan-5-2006
sharpness: 1
color: 1
build: 3
distortion: 2
flare control: 1
overall: 1.6
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:- 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 (II,D)
- 50mm f1.7
- 28mm f2.8
price paid:
positive:- price
- build
negative:- almost everything else
comment:This lens has the best build quality out of the three 28-80mm lenses I tested. It requires you to lose AF functionality and push a 'macro' button to focus closely. There is a great loss of fine details compared to the primes. There is also a significant colour cast in the images I tested. I would stay away.

See the lens tests on pbase while they're up:


If you have to have one of these 28-80 lenses, this has the best build quality. The optics on the 3.5-5.6 II are a bit better, but the build is a LOT worse.

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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