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

reviewer#27606 date: Jun-12-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG
Sony 24 F2 SSM Distagon
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF 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 & AF 28 F2
Minolta MC 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Konica Hexar 28 F3.5
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 32 F1.8 Touit
price paid:52 USD (used)
positive:Small and light
Smooth focus throw
Center sharpness
Lens Compensation
negative:Lateral CA/soft corners
Moderate barrel distortion
Tiny/loose built-in hood
comment:A couple of copies from eBay and one from Dyxum. This original Minolta AF lens from 1985 is treated by cameras identically to the later Sony branded version. "JAPAN"

This shares a lot of design with the Minolta AF 50 F1.7 and F1.4 primes. The discontinued Sony AF 28 F2.8 is basically identical except for a rubber focus ring. This is the only original 1985 Minolta AF lens that has lens compensation support in current Sony bodies. It was originally tied with the AF 135 F2.8 as the second cheapest AF lens at $140 in 1985. It borrows the optical design of the last 1983 MD 28 F2.8. It is slightly smaller than the Minolta AF 24 F2.8 and has to do without a petal hood.

It performs similarly to the Minolta 24 F2.8 and 28 F2 primes and the Minolta zooms. The corners are a bit cleaner than the 24 mm. The Sony FE 28 F2 is sharper but with more barrel distortion.

The built-in plastic lens hood doesn't lock in, so it doesn't provide much protection for the front element. The lens looks well-built, except for that hood.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 142
  • sharpness: 4.24
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.53
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 3.85
  • overall: 4.31
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