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

reviewer#11204 date: Jun-22-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5
Sony DT 16-50 f2.8
price paid:£90 Second Hand
-decent image quality
-practical field of view on apsc
-needs stopping down to sharpen up
comment:I have spent a year shooting only this 28 and a 50 1.7.

This lens is very useful on an aps-c size sensor and can serve a "standard" lens. It's light and very "pocketable" which makes it a good travel companion. The colours that it delivers are very nice and natural. I also do not see any visible to my eye distortion.

The disadvantages of this lens are flare and lack of sharpness wide open. You are better off covering the lens with your hand rather than using the inbuilt hood. The performance at f4 is very good though. I would say that up to 10MP or 12MP cameras this lens can perform very well but once you shoot with 24MP the shortcomings of it become very obvious...

I did end up selling this lens in the end as DT 16-50 SSM delivers better IQ and sharpness at 28mm wide open.

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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