Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 (ZEN) A-mount lens review by japp

reviewer#46934 date: Apr-14-2023
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 28-75 f2.8
Minolta 28-135 f4-4.5
price paid:€30
positive:colors actually mach nicely with the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8-3.5
negative:- rubber coating on the body, (i get why they used it since when my copy came in the lens was almost not used, and at the start it was pretty nice feeling) but once the lens gets older and more use this coating is getting sticky and pretty gross.
- strange zoom, the lens get's longer when the focal length decreases (28mm fully out and 70mm fully in)
comment:this lens was a surprise to me.
normally sigma's old lenses get criticized by its poor performance etc. but this lens does preform really well.
the reason i got this lens was because of the F2.8 arcos the whole zoom range and because i noticed some nice greenish tint across the frame with the Sigma 70-200 f2.8-3.5 wich i eventually got to like. its colours aren't true to life wich the other mentioned Minolta lenses reproduce, but i like it from time to time.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 4.19
  • color: 4.38
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 3.75
  • flare control: 3.63
  • overall: 3.99 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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