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

reviewer#11053 date: Apr-18-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:35/2, 50/1.4
price paid:
positive:Sharp center wide open, all over at f5.6
Small, light and excellent build
negative:Soft corners until f4
comment:I really like this lens, and usually take it with me when I carry my A850, though the 35/2 is better and now that I own another, will likely carry it instead of the 28 and 50.

This was a very inexpensive lens when new, but it doesn't show. Build quality is the same as my more expensive Minolta primes and the optical quality matches. Useable wide open, but stopped down to f5.6 or f8 you won't do any better at any price. As a primarily landscape and travel lens I'll trade wide-open sharpness for light weight, small size and excellent build quality any day.

I got mine for $50 and use it far more than my 24/2.8, which isn't any sharper at medium apertures.

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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