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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG
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 MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Konica Hexar 28 F3.5
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
price paid:57 USD (used)
positive:Small and light
Nice looking
Smooth focus control
Lens compensation
negative:Autofocus inaccurate
Tiny/loose built-in hood
Lateral CA
Noisy autofocus
Dark corners
Nervous bokeh
comment:I purchased a second used copy of this lens in 2018. This copy is well aligned and performs much like my original Minolta AF version.

Sony discontinued this lens in 2011 but two years later added Lens Compensation support for it to the A99, A77, A65, A57, and A37. It is basically identical to the original 1985 Minolta AF which was a slightly modified version of the last 1983 MD version. It shares much of its body design with the Minolta AF 50 f/1.7 RS.

It is definitely not as good as the FE 28 F2 or the Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM. 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 place like the 50/1.7RS so provides little mechanical protection. The lens looks very well-built, except for that hood.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.47
  • color: 4.65
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 4.76
  • flare control: 4.29
  • overall: 4.56 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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