Minolta 28mm f/2.8 AF

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CaptureAll
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Minolta 28mm f/2.8 AF
Jun 24, 2013

Hi all,

Right now I have the 18-55 SAM II kit which is not bad but, I really like the 42mm equivalent for every day shooting and 127mm equivalent for my kids activities where I can't always be so close.

I would like an opinion of anyone who has or had the Minolta 28mm f/2.8 AF. Image quality, speed, whatever info you have. There is one that is available near me and I'll be checking it out tomorrow. The other option is the Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT which seems to be getting very good reviews as well. A small amount longer but the f/1.8 might come in handy sometimes. It's about $90 more locally than the Minolta mentioned above.

Thanks again

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In reply to CaptureAll, Jun 24, 2013

I have the 35 f1.8 and IMO for the money it's excellent. Have you been over to dyxum.com? Best for consumer Minolta lens reviews.

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In reply to geoffmalter, Jun 24, 2013

geoffmalter wrote:

I have the 35 f1.8 and IMO for the money it's excellent. Have you been over to dyxum.com? Best for consumer Minolta lens reviews.

Thank you for that link Geoff, seems the Minolta 28mm f/2.8 gets a decent rating; 4.3 overall from 126 reviews. I'll have a look at it tomorrow and decide.

In the near future I want a 85-100mm as well. The 85mm SAM f/2.8 looks good for $320 locally, unless another used-gem pops up in one of the shops here.

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In reply to CaptureAll, Jun 24, 2013

I have the Sony version. It's kind of a weird focal length, but I thought it good enough for walking around. I could zoom with my feet when necessary/

If I could go back, I would have purchased the 35mm 1.8. I've since purchased a Tamron 17-50 2.8, so the 28mm will be hitting the auction block soon enough.

Here's an image with the 28mm and a 100% crop FWIW.

This one might be more helpful:

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In reply to CaptureAll, Jun 24, 2013

Have you looked at the Sigma 30mm f1.4. The old version is under $200 which is cheaper than the new model and the optics are the same, happy with mine and also my Minolta 28

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In reply to CaptureAll, Jun 24, 2013

It is a very nice lens but itbdepends on your need.  It is sharp and autofocus is fast, but for a prime is  a bit slow.  Sony steadyshot helps, but for indoors I'd favor a faster lens.  It is a great walkaround lens.  I use it or a 50mm for night/star shots, as primes are far better than zooms.  It is a bargain compared to the faster minolta or sony primes with excellent quality with the only limitation of the f2.8.  I like this kind of lens for hiking and activities that are bright outdoors and where it might get damaged or stolen. Good luck with your choice!

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In reply to CaptureAll, Jun 25, 2013

I had a Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 years ago, purchased for film. Overall, I thought its performance was good but not stellar. On an "APS-C"-sensor Sony, it is exactly a "normal" lens, that is, one whose focal length equals the diagonal dimension of the sensor (or film). If I were in your position, I'd either stick with the 35mm f/1.8, or get something significantly wider, like the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (which by all accounts is also better optically). I you just have to have something wider than 35mm, but you don't want something wide as 24mm, I'd go for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, which is discontinued in the Sony mount but should still be available.

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In reply to CaptureAll, Jun 25, 2013

Thanks all for the input on this lens, I really appreciate it. I have decided to go with the 35mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/2.8.

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait on the purchase(s) as money is going towards something else right now. Maybe in a month or 2, unless my upcoming review at work yeild a decent increase The kit lens (18-55mm SAL II) will have to do, actually it's probably the best kit lens I've had!

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