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28MM or 30MM
« on: April 29, 2011, 01:08:12 PM »
I would like some help deciding between these two lenses, since I already have a 50mm but for portraits and stuff I really have to stand a bit further to get the rite shots.  So I am deciding between a 30mm 2.8 or a 28mm 2.8!!!!!

They are almost identical in distance, however priced differently.  30mm -$249.99 and 28MM -$299.99.  All prices are in Canadian. 

Can anyone give me their experience.  If it makes any difference, I'm using an A55. 

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 07:24:56 PM »
It really depends what you want the lens for.  Landscapes?  General snapping (F2.8 should suit quite well unless its really dark conditions), what purpose do you have in mind for either the 28 or 30mm lens?

I have the older Minolta 28-80mm AF zoom lens and the 30mm F2.8 SAM macro lens for my a580; which like your a55, uses an aps-c/cropped sensor.  I found the 28mm side of the zoom lens to be limited as far as wide angle went, but the 30mm is an excellent all rounder being both lightweight and fast. 

Again, it really depends what uses you have in mind for either lens.  Maybe reading reviews on the Dyxum.com site will help you decide? 

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2011, 12:48:53 AM »
on an A55, i'd do the 28mm.  it'll give you just a little more wide.

if you can find on, I'd recommend the Minolta 28 F2.  it's a MAGNIFICENT lens along with the Minolta 35mm F2.  The regular 28 F2.8 is good.  I don't know about Sony's new "entry" level ones.  I know KurtMunger.com reviewed one of them and he really liked it.

But I'd get the 28mm for for the little extra wideness.
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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2011, 04:07:12 PM »
Without knowing what you really need it for, my suggestions is go wider. The 28mm gives a nice wide angle-ish image while the 30mm will not make too much of a difference.
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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 08:59:26 AM »
I'd go with the 30mm because it focuses closer, has SAM and is a modern lens.

The 28mm f2.8 is not a great lens, it was probably good on film but suffers from PF and chromatic aberations.  It's only benefit over the 30mm is that it is full-frame.

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 10:32:35 PM »
Which lenses are we actually talking about? Did I miss something but you only mentioned the focal length and not the brand?
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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2011, 12:33:48 AM »
As others have said above it would depend on the type of picture you want to use it for.

Landscapes, I would go for the 28mm simply for the extra 2mm. I have a copy of the Minolta version, its a tad soft at f/2.8 but at f/3.5 its spot on. As stated above and by many others the lens is noted for a number of issues, I am yet to experience them and going by Dyxum reviews I think it depends on the lens.

Portraits, Shooting portraits with wide lenses can produce odd deformities and off perspectives. Idealy you want to be somewhere between 50 and 200mm for a good portrait lens. If your intending to buy the lens for portraits, I would also look at the Minolta 50 f/1.7 and the Sony 50 f/1.8.

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2011, 07:54:09 PM »
Ive had both sold the 30mm dont use the 28mm since getting my tamron 17-50, of the two i would say the 30mm was sharper and of course has the added benifit of macro ability and i would probably go for the 30mm, but as Dave said that 2mm can make all the difference

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2011, 09:53:23 PM »
I think you should consider the Sony 35mm f1.8 DT.

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 12:30:18 PM »
Which lenses are we actually talking about? Did I miss something but you only mentioned the focal length and not the brand?
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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2011, 12:31:37 PM »
on an A55, i'd do the 28mm.  it'll give you just a little more wide.

if you can find on, I'd recommend the Minolta 28 F2.  it's a MAGNIFICENT lens along with the Minolta 35mm F2.  The regular 28 F2.8 is good.  I don't know about Sony's new "entry" level ones.  I know KurtMunger.com reviewed one of them and he really liked it.

But I'd get the 28mm for for the little extra wideness.

I am not sure if i'm looking in the wrong places, but surprisingly I am finding the Minolta lens more pricier than the Sony ones!!!!
What is the reason for that? better build? better quality??

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2011, 04:14:12 PM »
Is the minolta a f2? Or the 2.8?

I've seen several 28mm 2.8 Minoltas for about $100 on Craigslist and at KEH. Go to keh.com, they have a bunch of old minolta lenses for pretty good prices. They are located in Atlanta (lucky for me, about a 35 min drive away).
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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 01:11:05 PM »
I believe the minolta is a f2. 

I am still looking around and will give more details.  How do you find the 35Mm sony ($249cdn).  Any information on that.

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Re: 28MM or 30MM
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2011, 05:57:59 PM »
If it's a minolta 28mm f2 or 35mm f2, THESE ARE AWESOME LENSES!  If you are looking for primes, get either one. They are fabulous.

If you can afford them, get one!  I love my 35 f2. It's my favorite lens.
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