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

reviewer#45713 date: Jun-2-2021
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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:It performs about as well, on cropped sensor, away from the corners as something like the 24/2.8 or 35-105 first series at 35mm...but this isn't exactly encouraging, since both are far better in the corners. The Sigma 24/2.8, always a solid performer, blows this one out of the water, particularly away from the centre.
price paid:it was almost free
positive:Images have a nice look to them, with pleasant out of focus areas. It's easy to carry and use. Centre sharpness is good right from maximum aperture
negative:Stop down to at least 5.6 or so if you have interesting things at the sides and don't think too much about the corners, even on cropped sensors. Corner sharpness is really very disappointing.
comment:I have used this in its manual focus form on film, and on micro 4/3. The latter definitely shows that its overall sharpness doesn't stand much scrutiny, since M 4/3 is magnifying the image quite a lot, but it's not looking terrible on APS-C and was always fairly good on film, so I'd guess would be at least reasonable on full frame digital at, say, 24 MP, at least if stopped down to F11 or so to try to deal with the horrible corners.

I took my A37 camera out of retirement to test it and quite liked it...but in all honesty, this isn't a sharp lens unless your subject is framed centrally.

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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