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

reviewer#16323 date: Jul-23-2015
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 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 AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
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 Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
price paid:57 USD (used)
positive:Small and light
Nice looking
Smooth focus control
Lens compensation
negative:Autofocus inaccurate
Soft image
Tiny/loose built-in hood
Lateral CA
Noisy autofocus
Dark corners
comment:I get now why Sony discontinued this lens in 2011. The overall softness of this lens may have been okay on a film camera. It is basically a cheap kit lens sharing a lot of design with the Minolta AF 50 f/1.7 RS. Giving it a 3.5 sharpness rating is generous, and it is only true for manual focus in the center of the frame.

The Minolta zooms have superior image quality at all aperture settings despite being slower, more complex lenses. The 28 f/2.8 prime does have a bit less distortion than the 28-105--very similar amount of distortion as the 24-85 zoom at 28mm. Sharpness across the frame is more consistent than the Sony DT 16-105 without the center sharpness of that lens. No real image improvement over the Sony DT 18-55 SAM II either.

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

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 16
  • sharpness: 4.44
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 4.63
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.54 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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