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

reviewer#44373 date: Sep-20-2019
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Minolta AF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (1994 Release)
SonyZeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 (2008 Release)
price paid:$20.00
positive:Light/Compact
Semi-fast
$20.00 USD
negative:so-so sharp
Soft corners until stopped down
comment:I like this small lens for street photography on a film body when I feel like getting cozy with the public.
Landscapes: I don't expect the corners to clear until f/16, which is fine, since with wide angle/small aperture I tend to get low down to the ground

If I stick around for wide open starynight shooting, I won't expect SonyZeiss IQ but lighter weight at the end of a long day does have merit.

This 28mm is only the 2nd Minolta AF lens I've ever had with oily aperture blades, yet with the help of a tutorial video, CLA is not too troublesome.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 141
  • sharpness: 4.24
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 3.86
  • overall: 4.31
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania