Minolta MD 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom vs MD 35-70mm 1:3.5 Zoom vs MD 28mm 1:3.5 – comparison
Minolta MD 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom comparison with other lenses.
- Minolta MD 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom Macro (MD III)
- Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5 (MD III)
- Minolta MD 35-70mm 1:3.5 Zoom Macro (MD III)
This is a set of non-expensive and very common lenses. There is no need to pay a lot of money if all that is needed – is a good photo.
This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can differ if any element is changed.
Tested lenses reviews
Minolta MD 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom comparison with other lenses – sharpness
Long-distance test description
- Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) – RAW (ARW), tripod, A-mode, ISO fixed, WB fixed, SteadyShot OFF, manual focus correction for every shot
- Targets (buildings) – fixed by gravity power on the distances in more than 200 meters
- ARW post-processing – Capture One, default settings, 100% crops 300×200 px
Focal distance 28mm
Scene preview (28mm)
28mm – Test results
Focal distance 35mm
35mm – Scene preview
35mm – Test results
Focal distance 50mm
50mm – Scene preview
50mm – Test results
Focal distance 70mm
70mm – Scene preview
70mm – Test results
Minolta MD 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom comparison with other lenses – final conclusion
The target of the tests was an understanding of how the cheapest MD 28-70/3.5-4.8 looks against other lenses. Competitors were selected because we know that MD 35-70/3.5 and 28/3.5 both are great performers, and not expensive for today. Of course, it wasn’t difficult to see the winners.
- 28mm: as expected, prime lens Minolta MD 28/2.8 is better overall.
- 35mm: ‘zoom vs zoom’ start fighting is here, and Minolta MD 35-70/3.5 is the winner. Not a big difference in the center, but it won’t help for MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 because middle position needs to be closed up to F5.6, and corners aren’t good on any apertures.
- 50mm: no changes – center, and middle of MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 can be called as the same with MD 35-70/3.5 after F5.6, but corners are really bad anywhere
- 70mm: MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 is good in the center from F5.6, in the middle – from F8, and don’t ask me about corners on any apertures.
For all cases, MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 is losing if wide opened.
Finally: this MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 just a cheap zoom lens and it can’t compete with more serious lenses. But, to be honest, I hoped to find more difference between unpopular MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 and famous gem MD 35-70/3.5 and also with prime MD 28/3.5, so results of the MD 28-70/3.5-4.5 really looks better than expected.