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Konica Minolta MD 28-70mm f/3.5-4.8 35mm Zoom

3.5 star rating
                      3.5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $135.00
Focal Length : 28mm - 70mm | Max. Aperture : f/3.5-f/4.8  | Focus : Manual Focus  

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length28mm - 70mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/4.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance31.2 in
    Picture Angle35 - 76 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size55 mm
    Groups / Elements8 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diameter2.5 in
    Length2.7 in
    Weight7.84 oz
    Product ID20946403

Product Description

Manual focus wide angle zoom Lens. Compatible with all Minolta non-AFSLR cameras.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JeroenB a Casual from Breda, the Netherlands

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2003

Strengths:    Good range: 28-70mm.
Satisfying slides at f8.
Low budget.
The X-700 and X-300s bodies.

Weaknesses:    Disappointing at f3.5.

Bottom Line:   
I bought mine in 1990 as a kit with the X-300s body. I can remember that back at home I was disappointed in the design of the lens. Was this a Minolta lens? Since then I shot thousands of slides and some print film with this zoom. With aperture f8 or smaller it gives satisfying slides (4 stars). Sharp, good contrast and colour but the slides doesn't pop out of the screen all the time. Some distortion but not too much. In low light situations with diafragma fully open this lens is disappointing. Low contrast, not sharp and vignetting (2 stars). The Minolta primes are much better in those situations (5 stars). I used this zoom in sometimes rough situations and on my bicycle. The lens absorbed unprotected several heavy knocks, a 2 meter drop and a lot off heavy vibrations other equipment not always survived. Never a problem and the lens only looks used now. Compared with the plastic Sigma with the same specifications this Minolta is better constructed. This MD zoom is better then the Minolta AF 28-80/3.5-5.6 (kit with Dynax 505Si Super). I think this lens is made by Sigma. I have seen this lens with Contax/Yashica mount and the Carl Zeiss Jena-badge (not Carl Zeiss!).
All together: After years I became more satisfied, this is a good travel zoom for a small budget (value 5 stars) and my choice if the sun is shining.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Sigma 28-70/3.5-4.8 MD
Minolta AF 28-80/3.5-5.6
Minolta MD 35/2.8, 50/2.0

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by garbon2535 a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2003

Strengths:    wide - 28mm

great optics

high quality, rugged construction

Cost - This lens is cheap!

Weaknesses:    no DOF scale

slow 3.5 @ 28mm / 4.8 @ 70mm

DOF is not low enough - background is still in focus unless you are really close to your subject, even at 3.5

Bottom Line:   
This lens is great. It's light enough that I always have it on my camera. It has a great range 28-70mm. It does not have the DOF a prime lens would give you. Controls (focusing & zooming) are smooth. I like the twist zoom (like the focus ring) on this lens. There is a ring behind the focus ring to zoom in and out.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   50mm 1.8 lens
70-300mm 4.5-5.6 lens

Type of photography:   Other

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