Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

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kdp Junior Member • Posts: 35
Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

I would like to purchase a 28 prime.

Other than the obvious stop difference....

any pros or cons to either?

B&H has the 2.0 at $400... the 2.8 at $200.

have a good weekend.. see you monday
thank you
kent

andrewD2 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,734
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

The 2.8 is very cheap secondhand, its a good lens.

One nice thing about the old 28/2.8 is 49mm filters which makes a polarizer very affordable.

I'd love a 28/2 of course.

Andrew

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theswede Veteran Member • Posts: 3,936
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

I have the 28 F2.0, which I got on eBay for under $200 with one year warranty, factory refurbished. It's a very nice lense; on my 5D it will easily focus on static subjects in mood indoors lighting. I'm very happy with sharpness and clarity, and I routinely use it at F2.0 for low DOF and low light photography. AF is fast and accurate; not USM fast obviously, but for a normal "screw driven" lense it does an admirable job. If the focus change distance is short, it's just as snappy as a USM lense, but if it has to hunt, it takes a while.

I hope to be able to put together a more comprehensive subjective review with some photographs later. I haven't had the opportunity to compare it to the 28 F2.8, so can't say much in relative terms, but it's a very nice lense.

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gnet158 Senior Member • Posts: 2,360
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

Second hand you should be able to pick up either for ½ of what you’re looking at. I have the f2.8 version of this lens and it’s sharp, provides great color, and focuses fast on my Maxxum 7. The f2.0 version is better (on paper), whether you’ll notice the difference is another story. It’s just like the Minolta 50mm, the f1.7 is sharp enough for me but I’ve never used the f1.4 either. Good luck!

ab012_KM7D Senior Member • Posts: 2,644
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

filter size 55 vs 49 - pro/con depending on your other lenses. A fair number of Minolta lenses have 55mm eg (off the top of my head)

28/2
50 1.4 new
100 Macro
135 2.8
70-210/4
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theswede
theswede Veteran Member • Posts: 3,936
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

Also the 18-70 kit lense for the 5D.

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dcap Contributing Member • Posts: 999
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

kdp wrote:

I would like to purchase a 28 prime.

I have both, f2.8 for testing/review

Other than the obvious stop difference....
any pros or cons to either?

The New/RS version of the 28/2 has a circular aperture blade, and this would ge my vote for the smoothest, nicest bokeh. I want one, I have the original which is very sharp. VERY.

B&H has the 2.0 at $400... the 2.8 at $200.

f2 price looks LOW if its new??
(converts to GBP 226, new in the UK it is: GBP499, used UK is: GBP 200)

f2.8 price is far too high. Its a US$50 used lens and its the 2nd most common used prime on eBay after the 50/1.7

have a good weekend.. see you monday

and you, happy shooting everyone

My money would be on the 28/2, its sharper than the 28/2.8, but quite a bit more expensive. A super narrow depth of field f2 lens is a bit silly as a wide angle, you don't really see its narrowest, not as much as you do with a 85/1.4 for example, or a 100/2.

Sample shots from both 28s - coming soon - on http://www.MaxxumEyes.com

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kdp OP Junior Member • Posts: 35
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

Thank you gang... Appreciate you comments. I'm leaning strongly to the 2.0.
Thanks again
Kent

Monte920 Regular Member • Posts: 153
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

Have you noticed that the picture used by B&H for 28mm f2.0 is an old version? That is, metal lens body rather than rubber-polycarbonate body used in the new version. I wonder what version B&H is going to shiip to you if you buy it. I checked the KonicaMinolta official USA site and found both f2.0 & f2.8 28mm were not listed in their lens line up. Is there any possibility that Minolta has stopped producing these lenses?
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ab012_KM7D Senior Member • Posts: 2,644
Re: Minolta 28mm - - f2.0 or f2.8

AFAIK they are both still in production according to the Japan site (which is actually much more up to date)

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