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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28mm F2.8
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85
Minolta AF 28-80 D
Minolta AF 28-100 D
Minolta AF 28-105
Minolta AF 28-135
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:Nice clean copy with a hard case purchased on eBay.
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 adding a rubber focus ring. This might be 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 1983 MD 28 F2.8. It is slightly smaller than the Minolta AF 24 F2.8 and has to do without a petal hood. "JAPAN"

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 DT 16-50 F2.8 has much sharper corners at 28 mm.

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

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 139
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 3.86
  • overall: 4.31
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