Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8

(9 customer reviews)

The Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 camera glass is a wide angle photographic lens that has autofocus capabilities. It has a bright aperture value and is equipped with 7 aperture blades, which helps to create a pleasing bokeh effect. The lens has a length of 54mm and a weight of 185 grams, making it easy to carry around. It also has a 49mm filter diameter, which provides the user with plenty of filter options. The lens is made up of multiple lens elements and has a lens coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The build quality of the lens is good, and it is capable of producing high-resolution images. The lens was manufactured in the past, so it may not be readily available in the market. However, there are alternatives available in the market that can provide similar features and capabilities. The lens can be used with both autofocus and manual focus modes, giving the user more control over their shots.

of the Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 lens.

Positives: The lens has a sturdy build and feels well-constructed in the hands. The focus and aperture rings are smooth and easy to adjust. The wide aperture of f/2.8 allows for some great low-light photography and can produce some interesting bokeh. I also found that the lens produces sharp images when used with manual focus.

Negatives: Sadly, this lens may not be the best option for digital cameras as it may produce some heavy vignetting and overexposed areas in your photos. This seems to be a common issue with this lens when paired with digital cameras. The lens does not have any image stabilization, which can make shooting handheld in low light challenging. Lastly, the autofocus may not be as fast or reliable as newer lenses.

Conclusion: While the Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 lens has some positive qualities, it may not be the best option for digital cameras due to its known issues with vignetting and center overexposure. However, if you have an interest in vintage lenses and shoot with film cameras, this lens may be a great addition to your collection.

Optical design

Has 7 aperture blades, mid-grade lenses usually have this amount of blades. Having rounded blades provides out of focus circle shape closer to a circle. Bright lens thanks to the high aperture value

Physical characteristics

54 mm long, this small lens should be always in the camera bag. With a lens filter diameter of 49 mm commonly filter size, provides a range of filter options. Weights 185 grams so convinient to carry.

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9 reviews for Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8

  1. allphotolenses.com

    7.0 allphotolenses.com user rated as 4.2/5

  2. Ebay.com

    Ebay.com rated as 4.66/5

  3. dyxum.com

    139 dyxum.com user rated as 4.31/5

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    17 lens-club.ru user rated as 4.15/5

  5. Ebay.com Feb 11, 2012

    Konica Minolta Maxxum AF 28 mm F/2.8 – a decent lens, not too expensive This is a decent lens, but not among the best Minolta made. Mine was soft compared to my 35mm f/2, but then the 28 f/2.8 was originally an under $100 lens in the early 1990’s, and the 35mm sold for $400, so you would expect a difference in quality.

    A warning about the eBay stock picture. The image is not of the Maxxum mount lens, it is the Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AF lens. The Maxxum mount lens does not have white writing the way the Nikon lens does. Just a warning for anyone relying on the image to list or buy the lens.

    Update: Perhaps I was too hard on this lens. Out of curiosity I bought two more for testing. One was the same as mine – a bit soft, especially at the edges, and the other, well, the other was really good. This is a lesson in sample variation and the problem with used lenses. Some are good, and some less so, even when dealing with the same brand and model. Of course I am keeping the really good one. And you as a buyer don’t know which type you are getting – an average or poor sample, or a really excellent variant, until you test it yourself.

  6. Ebay.com May 16, 2018

    Excellent performer all around. Great value . Excellent performer. Fast AF. sharp in the center at all apertures. Corners sharp by f4.5. No color fringing, no flare even without a hood. Excellent sharpness and resolution allow this lens to be used bot as 24mm and as 28mm (with edge cropping) while still allowing excellent 16×20 inch enlargement.
    Lightweight and low progile – can be used ion both A-series cameras and with autofocus adapter on Sony E-series cameras, . Sharp enough to provide excellent equivalent of 36mm on APS size sony camera such as A6000, a6300, a6500.
    Can be left on the camera all the time.

  7. Ebay.com Feb 14, 2018

    Very good lens for this price! The lens is compact and light, with good picture, starting f3.5 till f16. Nice bokeh, usable minimal focus distance, and convenient angle for FF and APS-C matrix cameras. Lens for every day using. Much sharper than Minolta AF28-105 f 3.5-4.5 on F28 mm focus distance (short line). You may need a micro-adjustment of focus for SONY A-series using.
    Good quality for this price!

  8. Ebay.com Jan 11, 2017

    Great value The beer can lens are great quality and such a good deal used with a le4 adapter on my my sony a6000 and a7 camera bodies the 28mm is nice and wide but very little bending in the corners and crisp focus try to find minty ones for the best image results

  9. Ebay.com Apr 26, 2013

    Not recommended for digital cameras I love prime lenses, unfortunately this did not work with my Sony Alpha. I am not a lens expert and at first I thought the odd picture might be from haze or the result of the deteriorating UV coating. I believe upon some research there appears to be what’s known as heavy vignetting and the center appeared overexposed and looked hazy (I had it on multi-segment metering). I am not sure if this would improve with through the center metering, but you would still be left with pronounced dark edges all around the center. Might be good if you want some kind of art effect, but not good for most shooting.

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