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

reviewer#7844 date: Aug-22-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 zoom lenses and other 28 mm primes
price paid:
Small size
Fast AF
negative:Not that sharp below 5.6
comment:I bought this lens a few weeks ago, new, from a major Sony dealer.
They could not tell me if this lens would work on a 7xi Minolta. I was not shure about the electronics but this lens is OK on an older camera.

I took a few rols with this lens, in combination with a 28-85. The colours look better on the fixed 28 mm: sort of warmer, better colours, better definition, less over saturation of blue and green etc. Contrast is better than a zoom, especially in the corners.

The coating of the glass is better, Sony did a good job on that.

If you keep the lens at f>5.6 the results are "prime". Below 5,6, you do not get the prime result (but with a 28 mm, stopping down usually isn't the problem).

The hood of this lens could be improved.

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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