Minolta AF 28mm F2 A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#43002 date: Feb-4-2018
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MD 28 F2
Minolta MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
price paid:240 USD (used)
positive:Compact
Flat focus plane
Fast AF
Petal hood
55 mm filter thread
negative:Softness/alignment
Focus shift
Chromatic aberrations
Noisy focus mechanism
Slightly warm color cast
comment:The first example was a well used, dusty copy with original hood and lens caps. There was some haze on the internal elements and the front element has the coating worn in places. It was described in better condition so it was returned to the seller. I later tried and returned another copy from a Dyxum user. This lens was originally about three times the price of the 28 F2.8 and still remains that way today. "JAPAN"

This lens performs much like the 28 F2.8 at the same apertures. The softness wide-open is similar to the Sigma 28 F1.8 EX, but the focus plane is much flatter than that Sigma. There is a directional glow like the Sigma that indicates an alignment issue. I suspect other copies of these lenses are better aligned and sharper. The Sigma EX has less corner shading, but the Minolta F2 has brighter corners than the other lenses--at F2.8 it has less corner shading than the 28 F2.8. It also performs identically to the earlier Minolta MD 28 F2.

It has a warm color cast much like the Sigma and some Minolta zooms while the 28 F2.8 is cooler like most of the Sony lenses.

There is little reason to get this lens over the smaller, cheaper F2.8. Many zooms are quite good at 28 mm. The Sony FE 28 F2 is mostly better optically though with much more distortion.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 64
  • sharpness: 4.86
  • color: 4.89
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 4.70
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.68
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