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

reviewer#6385 date: Nov-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:
28-70 G
CZ 24-70
35/1.4
50/1.4
85 G RS
CZ 85
sony 70-200 G
sony 70-300 G
price paid:920 USD (mint)
positive:razor sharp
wonderful IQ
compact, light weight
negative:none
comment:it is a wonderful walk around lens, especially for aps-c format. As other reviewer mentioned, this lens is extremely sharp, even at f/2. The color is true and pleasing. And it is amazing that how compact this lens is. Although it is not a full metal lens, you can still feel that it would last fowever. The distortion is not visible on aps-c (not sure about the full-frame but I am eager to try it out). It blows the f/2.8 version thousands of miles away.
The bad part is that this lens, especially the RS version, is extremely difficult to find. The price on ebay is getting higher and higher (the positive side is that it holds value well). It is a must have for minolta AF lens collector. I was lucky that I got a mint like new copy of it.

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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