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

reviewer#10304 date: Jun-14-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:18-55 kit
Min 50/1.7
Min 28-85 3.5-4.5
Alpex 35
price paid:75 USD
negative:the hood.
APS-C range
comment:I find this lens fun, and unless I really need that extra bit of light that a f/1.7 will get me with the 50, I tend to reach for this one these days. On the crop sensor, the range is interesting. It brings new meaning to the "get closer" mantra and as soon as I convinced myself that being as close was OK, I found I really liked what this lens was doing. It's sharp, has a nice and interesting range, good colour. I like the feel of it in my hand.

I wish it was wider, but that's the thing about APS-C. Better bokeh than some others I've tried, which is to say I've not noticed it being bothersome.

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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