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Konica Minolta 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D 35mm Zoom

2.38 star rating
                      2.38 / 5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

  • Camera FormatDigital SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length28mm - 80mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/5.6
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus • Manual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance15.72 in
    Picture Angle30 - 75 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size55 mm
    Groups / Elements8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length2.69 in
    Weight6.69 oz
    Product ID24943564

Product Description

  • Min focus: 1.3ft

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Bahuddha a Beginner

    Date Reviewed: October 16, 2005

    Strengths:    None to mention

    Weaknesses:    Poor focus, contrast and color rendition.

    Bottom Line:   
    This lens came as a camera mount cap for my Maxxum 7 and that should be its only purpose. I tried it out to see how it would do. I was fortunate to have my neighbor come by and allow me to take pictures of her. The results were overly warm - orange - and the sharpness was awful. The color rendition was way off. I pulled out my Minolta 28-100 (another story in it self)to use on the Maxxum 7 and the color was right on, the sharpness and contrast was right on as well.

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    Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta 28-100mm 3.5-5.6 -reasonable at close quarters
    Minolta 100mm Macro -excellent lens

    Type of photography:   Other

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by dre_2ooo a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 15, 2005

    Strengths:    -light weight
    -convenient zoom range

    Weaknesses:    -poor contrast and sharpness
    -the flimsy feel and build
    -plastic mount
    -made in Malaysia, not Japan
    -front elemental rotates when focusing

    Bottom Line:   
    A truly terrible lens in all aspects, except convenience. It is possible to see the poor image quality even in a 4 x 6.

    I guess that this would be an okay lens for a beginner are snapshots on a family vacation. However, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't use a digital camera for snapshots.

    If you want to take "professional-minded" pictures, shoot on slide film, or make quality enlargements, this is not the lens for you.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta 28-105 (Very good)
    Minolta 50 1.7 (Excellent)
    Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (Good-Great)

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Jeff M a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: December 15, 2003

    Strengths:    Cheap
    Its good for a casual photographer

    Weaknesses:    Many, see above

    Bottom Line:   
    When I started photgraphy this lens was adequate but when i got my next lens (75-300mm f/4.5-5.6) I noticed the difference right away. The telphoto zoom was a lot sharper and brighter. Although the 75-300mm is by no means a professioinal quality lens its is clearly better than the 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6. I dont think this lens should represent a company with some of the best optics around, like Minolta. Minolta is way better then waht this lens ofers. But lets face it it comes with an SLR for very cheap so what can you expect?

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Purchased At:   Pitman Photo (rip-of

    Similar Products Used:   Maxxum 75-300mm

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Price, weight, advanced 'D' flash metering. Small filter size (cheaper)

    Weaknesses:    Lightweight build, after several months mine took a hard knock and ceased functioning. Supplied lens hood not particularly effective.

    Bottom Line:   
    Two or three previous posters under this product have actually reviewed a different version of the lens. Older lenses, such as those which came with the 505 and 404 models, are not the D lens which is intended for review here.

    The key value of this lens is its inexpense and its light weight. The cameras with which it ships as standard currently (Dynax/Maxxum 5 and 4) are likewise aimed at this market. Therefore one cannot expect professional results from it.

    That said, I have used it extensively for travelling when my heavier lenses are too much of a burden, and it fulfills this market admirably. My landscape photography is sharp and contrasty. Sharpness is adequate up to prints of 8x12 from Reala 100 (quality print film), when using a tripod and on full manual mode, apeture set around f8. I rather suspect that some disappointed reviewers are using very small/large arpetures or are using cheap filters, shooting into the sun, or using slow shutter speeds or even worse, firing the fill flash. All of these things will worsen an image from any lens.

    It is certainly true that my more expensive lenses give better results, but you'd need to be enlarging heavily to notice it. It is a worthy learning lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   UK pounds with Dynax

    Similar Products Used:   Various Pentax manual focus prime lenses, Minolta autofocus lenses.

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Guneshwor L a Beginner from mumbai ,India

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2003

    Strengths:    smooth zooming & focusing ,silver look
    good colour rendition,vignetting well under control

    Weaknesses:    poor sharpness & resolution ,
    can't be reproduced beyond 6x8 size

    Bottom Line:   
    This lens comes to me as part of a kit when i was puchasing my Minolta Dynax 404si.I am a beginner in photography.I have taken around 5/6 film rolls shot with this lens.I like the silver look of this lens.Zooming is quite pleasant except that it is somewhat tight
    around the wide angle end.Focussing is also very accurate.Depth of field scale is missing.
    As far as the optical quality is concerned,i will say that it is not good.The quality of print is not better than the P/S cameras.Sharpness is poor at almost all f-stops & when the prints are enlarged beyond 6x8 , it is very poor to worse.Definitely this lens is not
    for the serious amateurs.I am planning to buying one of the primes,either 50mm/1.4 or 1.7 which has been appreciated by many of the photographers.
    But surprisingly the colour rendition is good & vignetting is well under control.Till now i have not encountered any flare problem.

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    Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

    Purchased At:   TEDD'S

    Similar Products Used:   Nil

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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