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

reviewer#5437 date: May-23-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80
price paid:Not Sure (new)
positive:Sharp
Solid
Reliable
Macro
negative:Colour rendition - not startling.
comment:A good reliable and solid lens. Bought originally with my Minolta 700si film camera as a standard lens I have very few complaints with this lens. It has won me many competitions and the Macro facilty (manual focus) is great. Other reviews are less flattering and it makes me wonder if build quality dropped off over time.....mine is pretty old.
Given that it was bought for a film camera the 28mm starting point was OK. On a digital this equates to 42mm which makes it less versatile than the stunning 16-80mm Zeiss lens. Second hand it would be a worthy purchase.
On the a900 results were not quite as good as on the a700. So now sold alongside the 700si. Sharpness has been reduced from 4.5 to 4 as a result.

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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