Minolta AF 28-80mm F4-5.6 A-mount lens review by 66mikeg

reviewer#44060 date: May-13-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
Minolta 35-70 f4
Sigma 35-70 f3.5-4.5
price paid:25 gbp
positive:First copy of this was rubbish current copy really good
Light plastic construction but good build quality
A little soft wide open but sharp 1 stop down
Useful walk around range on film
Macro facility helps walk around versatility
negative:42 - 120 mm equivalent on APS-C
Useless standard hood doesn't prevent flare or ghosting (3rd party hood does however)
filter turns with focusing
comment:The first copy of this lens that I acquired with an AF7000 was pretty rubbish I sold this and tried again and was lucky I guess. I'm sure that a lot of poor quality lenses from Minolta are a result of 25-30 odd years wear and tear. Also I am really not a fan of some current lenses giving abnormal sharpness further enhanced with post processing and image stacking. I do this with astro images but digital piggery jokery doesn't appeal to me with normal photography. These legacy lenses IMHO give a more honest rendition of the subject.

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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