Minolta AF 28mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by MedsRX

reviewer#10223 date: May-19-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Sony 18-55 kit lens
Min 35-105 4.5N
Min 50mm 1.7
price paid:80 USD
positive:Reasonable sharpness, especially stopped down.
Not much disortion.
Range on an aps-c = normal.
Good street lens
Build quality.
negative:Not the sharpest tack in the tool box.
the lens hood is "adorable"
comment:note: First time I posted this under the Sony version. My Mistake!
I enjoy this lens. It's not MINDBLOWING but it functions well. It's sharpness (on my copy) is between the 18-55 kit lens and the 50 1.7. So it's more than reasonable. Mind you i'm only a part time pixel peeper. . .i come from a more "ruff neck" school of photography. a little more street, a little more punk rock hip hop. and as a street lens it's fabulous. it has that much desired normal range on aps-c. it's fun to attempt composition with this lens. it will open you up to new ideas. at first it's a little dull, but don't give up. keep it on your body until the clouds open up and you start to see fun new compositions and imagery occur.
And well. . .the price. i love a bargain and that i can get something fun for the price.
i like it!
are there better lenses? sure. . . can you make good images with this one? ABSOLUTELY!!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 142
  • sharpness: 4.24
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 3.85
  • overall: 4.31
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