Minolta AF 28mm F2 RS A-mount lens review by ricardovaste

reviewer#3858 date: Jul-15-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:15-30, 24-105, 24-85rs, 28/2.8, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 50/1.2, 58/1.2, 70/2.8, 105/2.8, 100/2.8, 200/2.8, Tok 300/2.8, 70-210/4
price paid:
positive:- Unqestionably sharp at all apertures.
- Great colour rendition
- Light & compact
- Feels well constructed
- Great for lowlight
negative:- Flares sometimes on my A100
- Bokeh isn't as good as some of my other lenses
comment:I have fell in and out of love with this lens, but I have come to realise that it is simply awesome. Extremely sharp at all apertures. Colour rendition is excellent, clean - what you expect from a good prime. The combination of this lens being so small and being razor sharp makes it quite unique and very attractive IMHO. If you find one, don't turn it down. The 42mm FOV equiv. is just wonderful, it will compliment any 50/58/70/85/100mm lens - its just that bit wide enough that you dont feel you need anything wider, and just that close enough to standard that you rarely have to change lenses! Excellent.

The bokeh can be funny, but nearly every lens can have funny bokeh if you use it in less than ideal lighting. Specula highlights is where the bokeh catches a bit. But in moderately soft lighting, the bokeh is excellent & is helped partly by the circular aperture on this version.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.91
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.45
  • overall: 4.83
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