Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#29681 date: Aug-30-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85 24-105 35-70F4 CZ16-80 Tamron 17-50 Sony 18-35
price paid:260
positive:Color
Build like a tank
Very Sharp F4
F 4, 4,5 :)
Macro switch
negative:Minimal Focal lenght
FLARE CONTROL .... OOOO MY GOOD
comment:Absolut perfekt color! Very Sharp F4. Amazon sharp in 5,6!

No too long.
My favorite standart zoom!
No light Fall on fullframe

The corner is very sharp

reviewer#29629 date: Jul-16-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta APO 100-300
Tokina 100-300 f5.0 (m42)
Tamron 70-300 LD (Quite bad at long focal lengths)
Pentax smc m f135 f3.5
Chinon 135 f2.8 m42
Pentax SMC M 50mm f1.7
Pentax SMC K 28mm f3.5
Nikon AIS 50mm f1.4
Nikon Micro 105mm f4
Canon FD85mm F1.2L
Sigma 30mm f2.8 E-mount#
Carl Zeiss Sonnar 180mm f2.8
Sony DT 18-55 kit lens
price paid:150
positive:Nice solid metal feel.
Sharpness after closing half a stop even in corners (APS)
Great "standard to tele" action zoom on APS format
Fairly quick Autofocus (Compared to most screw driven AF)
negative:Light loss through all these lens elements with older coatings. At least 0.5 stop light loss compared to minolta APO 100-300 and other lenses.
It is effectively a f4.5-f5.0 lens regarding light transmission.
Minimum focus distance 1.5 metres (excluding the wide angle macro function)
Flare at certain angles, but almost nil on APS format with a 72mm screw in aftermarket lens-hood for 4 euros.
Weight, it is heavy. (But I actually like it for what I use it for around the house for making pictures of animals (horses, cats, dog). The weight helps to stabilise against minor movements!
A bit of CA in very high contrast areas, but not too much to be worried about. I have various vintage primes that show more or similar levels of CA (Pentax smc 135mm f3,5, and the famous Carl zeiss sonnar 180 f2.8 and Canon FD 85mm f1.2L. the latter needs to stop down to f2.8 to avoid purple fringing in high contrast areas).
Also, the max focal length of 135mm is exaggerated. (compared to 4 other 135 lenses). I suggest it is 130mm max. Same with 105mm position. I have to select more than 110 mm to equal the nikon 105 micro lens at infinity.
comment:Note: I tried two different ones and both had the problem of back focus!! i did some more research and One guy tried 4 copies and the results were the same but the problem is that each may need a slight correction for focus (see artaphot.ch). On my LE-A4 adapter I have to micro-adjust the focus with -2 and on my Minolta apo 100-300 -3! the difference is clear. (softness disappears and micro-contrasts increases a lot when using open aperture).
In order to find out if this is a problem with your copy try to manually focus in live view with zoomed in mode. (not peaking, because it is not accurate enough). If it is sharper than a picture taken using AF, a micro-af adjustment is needed. Not all cameras can do this though.
Despite the negatives regarding it being a dark lens for the same f stop and being heavy, I still like it a lot simply because of the results. It also focuses quickly due to the rear element focus. I use it on the NEX7 with the LE-A4 adapter and the autofocus speed is a revelation compared to its' native contrast detecting AF. Continuous autofocus and tracking works very well if you select wide area AF (15 focus points spread fairly centrally).
I also have the Minolta AP 100-300 and withing the overlapping range they are very close and almost the same in colour reproduction (The Apo does need to be stopped down at least half a stop, f6.3 is an enormous difference compared to wide open). Compared to the kit lens (dt 18-55) the lens is of similar sharpness in the centre and definitely sharper in the corners. I like the equivalent zoom range of 42mm-200mm for horse riding events. I use it mainly in aperture priority at f6.3 since this slight stopping down improves the corners quite a bit.
reviewer#26570 date: Apr-28-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-125 mm 3.5-5.6
Tokina 24-200 mm 3.5-5.6
price paid:150
positive:good focal range in full format, super sharp, durable construction.
negative:flare without Lens Hood.
High focus distance.
comment:It is difficult to note something that has not been said of this lens. I've used in various APSC Cameras full format, and it still seems great. I managed external Lens Hood 75 mm and placed over the lens, avoid reflections. The screw-type, all made in 28 mm produces vignetting. If the 1.5 meter approach is not a problem. It is a good option if the lens is 30 years old
reviewer#26539 date: Mar-29-2016
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6
price paid:180 usd
positive:Great focal lenghts
looks good
macro mode
negative:manual focus ring
minimal focus distance
comment:It's nothing special, I dunno where come all that buzz with this lens. It's sharp, but that's this weird oldschool digital sharpness that nowadays looks just meh. The AF system is fast but not acurate at all so it usually goes from one side to another, it's just not made for small corrections, that are very desirable when you use AF. And manual focusing in this lens is just a horror. The focus ring is small and it's placed in the beginning of the lens, near the mount - so using it is almost impossible cuz it's hard to balance your camera when you hold it this way. Also with full open aperture it's not sharp on the edges. I only love those focal lenghts which on full frame camera are very useful. It's even pretty dark for 4.5, yeah that lens was big disapointment.
reviewer#16308 date: Jul-16-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF35-105 (older version)
price paid:150 CAN
positive:Excellent range for a standard zoom.
Very sharp across the range.
negative:Flare.
Slow focus.
MFD too long.
comment:Truly an amazing lens if you get a good copy. I have owned 2. The first was a dud and I wondered what all the fuss was about. Looked fine... but soft images. I took a chance and bought another that came up locally. (after testing first) I am so glad I bought it. It is a great lens. Its a beast - quite heavy, but sharp all across the range with great colours. Bokeh not bad. Highly recommended. (better to try first, or buy from a trusted source to ensure getting a good copy) For the record, I believe the issues are age related and not "sample variation". This is an extremely complicated lens - there is much to go wrong with it over time. (30 years!!)
reviewer#16277 date: Jun-19-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-105
Sony DT 18-135 SAM
Sony DT 18-200
Minolta AF 28-100 D
Minolta AF 28-105
Minolta AF 35-105 Original & New
Minolta AF 35-200 Xi
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
price paid:123 USD (used)
positive:Repairability
Smooth, long throw focus control
Minimal CA stopped down
Flat focus plane at the long end
Decent wide semi-macro
negative:Weight, Length, Diameter
Axial CA/Soft center
Soft corners at wide end
Long minimum focus distance which increases with focal length
Focus shift with zoom
Zoom action inconsistent
Small/hard rear focus ring
72 mm filter size
Not as wide as other 28 mm zooms
No provision for a hood
comment:Far from being a secret this was the most expensive AF zoom lens when Minolta released them in 1985. The suggested retail price was $526. The dealer cost was $300 in quantity--six times the cost of the AF 50 1.7 and exactly twice the price of the 70-210 f/4. And it is still no secret, since it remains the most expensive original Minolta AF zoom on the used market today.

The first copy I purchased for $123 had some minor damage including a cracked focus scale window. I returned this lens for a refund. The second copy I purchased for $93 had a small piece of metal lodged in the zoom mechanism preventing it from zooming out fully. I was able to disassemble the lens and remove this obstruction. This copy looks excellent. I bought a third copy with a bad zoom mechanism. This copy won't focus to infinity which should be able to be corrected by removing a shim.

When testing inside on a chart this lens is rather soft in the center of the frame. The exception is the macro mode at 28 mm which is consistently sharp across the frame even wide open, but that mode also suffers from fairly heavy purple fringing wide-open. Over the normal zoom range stopping down to f/11 helps.

Testing outdoors yield some back focus tendency, but very good overall sharpness. Sharpness is very consistent across the APS-C frame unlike most normal zooms, but practically this is a telephoto zoom on APS-C sensors. The lens is also rather varifocal. The rendering is quite nice, though the bokeh isn't terrible smooth.

It has similar amounts of barrel distortion at the short end and pincushion distortion at the long end as the 28-105. It has less CA/purple fringing than the 28-105 when stopped down. Wide-open highlights become a bit purplish, otherwise the colors seem very accurate.

The smaller 1990's Minolta AF 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 is easier to use and has better resistance to flare and glare. The 35-200Xi has even greater telephoto range but even worse ergonomics and quirky operation. The 28-135 is quite awkward to use on a small APS-C body.

Test chart comparison on an A65 with the 24-85, 28-105, Carl Zeiss 16-80 and Sony DT 18-135 SAM.
reviewer#12147 date: Feb-23-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Zeiss Vario Sonnar DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
Sony G 70-300 SSM F4.5-5.6
Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 N
Minolta AF 100mm F2
Tamron Di II 60 F2 Macro
price paid:€ 100 (used)
positive:Excellent center sharpness at whole focal range at all apertures. Excellent bright Minolta colors. Only little barrel or cushion distortion given the focal range. Focusing speed on A350 is excellent.
negative:Macro switch disables auto-focus. No hood. Significant ghosting and flare. Bokeh dependent on focal length setting: not good at 28 mm, much better at 135 mm. No ADI function

comment:If MFD is not your issue this is a very nice lens with a good focal range for outdoor photography. Be aware not to point too much in direction of sun or bright lights. Build quality is excellent. Given the price paid I am very happy with this lens. Corner sharpness is good from F5.6 at 28-50mm and from F8 at 70-135mm. Center sharpness is excellent at all apertures and focal lengths.
reviewer#12065 date: Dec-22-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Sigma 28-105 f2.8-4
Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4
Minolta 50 f1.7
Beercan
price paid:100 € (used)
positive:Sharpness
Color
Range
negative:Back focus on 28mm
Minimum focus distance
comment:Just got this lens and I am very pleased with fast AF and IQ in general. It is heavy and minimum focus distance is too big, but other than that, it is great lens! Worth all the money and doesn't matter that it is old almost as I am. Sharpness is great on all f values and only difference that can be noticed are corners when shoting wide. With f 4-6.3 corners are soft, but with f 7 or higher, softness dissapear. Since center is OK always, I don't mind.
What is a little problem, and I don't know if it is general case or just a issue with my copy, is that on 28mm it suffers of back focus. I need to zoom in, focus, lock focus and zoom out, than shot. This way everything is perfect. But focusing when wide, always result with back focus. The same happens with my Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 and happens both on DSLR and SLT.
reviewer#12025 date: Nov-7-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300 $ USD
positive:Очень удобные фокусные. Один из лучших тревел-объективов. Отличные цвета. На длинном конце - хороший портретник. Сборка великолепна.
Есть МАКРО режим.
negative:Невозможно использовать бленду на Полном кадре. Боится засветки. Полярик не эффективен. Тяжелый.
comment:Кто не боится тяжелых объективов в путешествии - смело берите Старикана. Настоящее качество Минолта за приемлемые деньги.Лучшая резкость у этого объектива в районе F7
reviewer#11595 date: Jan-8-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:MinO 24-50/4
MinO 35-70/4
MinO 50/1.7 and 50/2.8 Macro
MinO 135/2.8
Sigma 24-70/2.8
price paid:300 (used)
positive:- Sharp, sharp sharp !
- Solid Build
- Useful range
negative:- Heavy
- Large
- Impractical MFD
- No OEM hood
- Prone to PF and flare
- AF 'clacks' (especially when it hits the hard stops at the ends of the range)
comment:Very nice lens to use, like other lenses from the original Maxum lineup from the mid-80's, the zoom action is very smooth, the lens is overall very well build and balances very well on a FF body, especially with a VG attached. Under the right conditions, IQ is simply fantastic.

Unfortunately it is very prone to flare, and the fact that Minolta never supplied a hood for it isn't very impressive. The click-clacking sound of the AF is more of an annoyance than a true negative point, but it is still very noticeable. The uber-long MFD makes it an impractical lens to use as a walk-around, even with the macro mode switch option (which is only at 28mm and is still a PITA to use).

Bottom line, a very nice lens, I am happy that I had the chance to own one for a little while, but the combination of downsides made be sell it, opting for a Sigma 24-70/2.8 to replace is as a walkaround zoom, which is about as big and heavy, but is much less prone to flare, and has a MFD that I don't have to work around every other shot.
reviewer#11201 date: Jun-18-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300mm APO
Minolta 35-105mm
price paid:200USD
positive:Amazing Color
negative:Small Aperture
Dark
comment:I was surprised at how dark this lens is in use. I didn't really need this lens I have lots of Minolta glass in this range (35-70, 50mm, 35-105mm) but I just could't resist. The colors of this lens are the best I have seen. I did a comparison between this lens and my Minolta 100-300mm APO lens using the same settings, shooting stopped down to f/6.3, this lens gets the edge for sharpness and color but the image was darker than using the Minolta 100-300mm APO lens at the same aperture setting. Comparisons to the Minolta 35-105mm were also close, I would still give this lens a small advantage.
When I bought my 35-105mm I paid $80 for it, copies in that condition are going for $150+ (Im talking about a year ago)... at that time this lens would have been $350+ and I am seeing great copies like the one I picked up go for around $250. I would say that sounds about right. If I was buying over again or looking to build a bag, I would go with the 35-105mm and then use the difference toward a 100-300mm APO. Then you have the range covered from 35mm-300mm with glass that is almost G quality in two smallish, light lens that are easy to carry around.
reviewer#11171 date: Jun-1-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 28-75mm F2.8
Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Build quality
Focal length range
negative:Weight
Focusing distance
comment:I bought my lens on Ebay because I had read about its magical qualities. My lens was in very good condition with no excessive signs of wear. It may be that my lens was not a very good one, but it never impressed me much. It's not that it was unsharp, but it was not impressive in any way. I got a secondhand CZ 24-70mm and sold the Minolta at a loss. I have never really wanted to get another one.
reviewer#11170 date: Jun-1-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-135 3.5-5.6 SAM
price paid:130€
positive:Full frame, sharp stopped down
negative:Long MFD, flare, CA, sharpness, weight, macro in the short end, busy bokeh.
comment:I made a test at maximum open f-stop (same apreture) This lens is definitely less sharp in the center than Sony DT 18-135.
@28 f:4
@35 f:4.5
@50 f:5
@70 f:5.6
@100 f:5.6
@135 f:5.6
This lens has less contrast, more CA, less sharp, more prone to flare, much worse MFD. Comparing to the other reviews I think I god a bad copy even though it looks good on inspection (no dirt inside, looks like it is only little used).
Update: But if I stop down 2 stops to f:8 it really shines. Then it is on par with the DT 18-135.

For FF it is not tack sharp even in the middle wide open. But the same sharpness applies all over the frame. If stopped down to F8 it sharpens up. Some CA can bee seen.

For long reach for FF it has few competitors. The super zooms are not as sharp, no other sharp zoom has this reach.
reviewer#11160 date: May-31-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MAF 28-105 3.5-4.5, and RS version
MAF 35-105 3,5-4,5,
MAF 24-105 3,5-4,5
price paid:140 EUR (used)
positive:Very useful, almost fixed focal. Very good Macro function, almost SuperMacro. Walkaway daily lens
negative:A bit heavy. No lens shade dedicated. Quite long minimum distance of focusing (Min.1,2-1,5m)
comment:One of the best lenses I have. My everyday lens, almost everytime on body (A350, A77). Very useful, almost fixed focal. Good for using with external flashes. Very good Macro function, almost SuperMacro.I had 3 examples of it, and the ones I have is the best ones, so I keep it. Long range lens.
A bit heavy, but worth of every picture.
reviewer#11040 date: Apr-14-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:120
positive:colori e nitidezza unici
negative:pesante e poco controllo flare
comment:veramente un obiettivo particolare,forse perchè ha delle affinità con leica!i nuovi zeiss sono più plastici,più leggeri, hanno una tridimensionalità maggiore e un più buono controllo del flare ma ora che ho provato quest'obiettivo non voglio più toglierlo dalla fotocamera!!è come avere un mattone attaccato davanti, ma i colori, la nitidezza e il fascino che ha ne fanno un oggetto speciale!!da provare assolutamente!!
reviewer#10874 date: Jan-26-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 70-210mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm 4.0
Sigma 28mm 1.8
price paid:285€ Mint
positive:Versatile Range even on APSC
Colors, Sharpness and Contrast
Bokeh and F4-4.5
Good autofocus
negative:MFD
Nothing else.
comment:Hard to find in good Condition.
There is really no alternative to this lens which is why it's a very nice lens for travel and portraits.
reviewer#10858 date: Jan-17-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105/3,5-4,5 Original
24-85/3,5-4,5
35-70/4
price paid:150 Euro (used)
positive:Sharpness
Colors
Bokeh
negative:Flare
No lens shade
Heavy!!
A bit fragile with big, unprotected front element.
comment:This has been my favorite lens since I bought it 5 or 6 years ago. Loved it on my 7D and love it even more on my a850! It has its limitations with flare and does not like to be directed straight into the sun and the MFD can be annoying but use it with awareness of its limitations and you will be greatly rewarded! Ill keep this lens as long as Im still with Sony.
I have resently bought the 35-105 Original version and this gives very similar image quality. The range of the 28-135 is more useful though so for this reason the 28-135 will probably be my most used lens further on also. But as a travelling lens or on days when I want a little less weight to carry, the 35-105 might be used instead. When I want to be sure of quality though, the 28-135 will rule (together with my 85/1.4).
reviewer#10787 date: Dec-15-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-80
Sony 16-105
Sony 18-250
Minolta 28-105 RS
price paid:197 GBP mint
positive:Very sharp
Colours
IQ
Build
Bokeh
negative:Flare - No hood
MFD - 1.50m
Weight
comment:Great lens - but not sure it is worth double the price of the 28-105 RS.
reviewer#10743 date: Nov-30-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:€200,--
positive:Color, focusspeed, macro, range
negative:No original hood available
MFD
comment:Superlens !
reviewer#10636 date: Nov-1-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 1
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-135
Sony 24-105
Sony 24-70 ZA
price paid:300
positive:none really except there is no modern day focal length equivalent for FF
negative:BAD Flare, MFD, no lens hood available
comment:This lens just doesn't work well with modern SLT cameras and shows its age, not much choice for FF in this range, but if you have APSC and especially SLT just get the wonderful new little 18-135 Sony. i also have the Sony 24-105 which is a better all-around lens for me on FF and more enjoyable to use when going lightweight.

It would be nice if Sony would make a modern day SSM 24-135 G rated f4 lens. Until then, I stick with the 24-70ZA for FF for anything where IQ is a concern.

I enjoy using old primes, but never felt the "love" for this lens. Unfortunately the good does not outweigh the bad with this lens for me.


reviewer#10369 date: Jul-9-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:great lens, good range good macro setting
negative:quite heavy but i do not mind
comment:i was looking for this lens for a long time. I hear great things and they are all true. My copy is very good.

have not noticed too much flare.

reviewer#10231 date: May-23-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony CZ 16-80
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 10-20/3.5
Tamron 90/2.8 MACRO
Minolta 100/2.8 MACRO
Tamron 18-200
Sony 75-300
Sigma 170-500
Sony 18-55
Sony 18-70
price paid:$300 AUS$
positive:Love the Build
It's very sharp
Colors are beautiful
I just love the 'look' of this lens; there's something very reassuring about it
Macro is actually pretty awesome (even if it is at the wide end)
negative:It's very heavy
Flare is hard to control
Strange balance to camera with this lens fitted
Autofocus, though fast, is strange. It seems to 'snap' into focus .... it's a little disconcerting.
comment:Big, heavy, old-school lens. Love it. First time I used it I thought ... WOW. I know folk yabba on all the time about 'Minolta colors this and that', I must confess I was extremely skeptical, but this lens ... WOW. Colors really do come through much more saturated. Flare really is a shocker though and, apart from sheer heft, it's the only major issue with this lens. That said, it's easy enough to control as long as you factor it in when shooting. All-in-all a wonderful lens. Nice work Minolta!!
reviewer#10119 date: Apr-14-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 24-135mm
CZ 16-80mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Minolta colours
Decent AF speed
negative:Bad flare
Restrictive MFD
Wish it started at 24mm
Heavy
comment:First of all this lens is sharp but I'm not convinced it's quite as legendary as some people claim. None the less the combination of sharpness, colour and bokeh means this lens produces a very pleasing image (more than the sum of it's parts, I suppose).

The main downsides of this lens is it's extremely prone to flare made worse by the fact it doesn't come with a hood, it's actually has worse flare control than most wide angle lenses. The long MFD is restrictive and means this lens is really for outdoor use.

Despite what some have said, I find the AF speed to be pretty decent (the tamron 24-135mm is far slower and if you want to know what slow is try lenses like the minolta 85mm). AF accuracy could be better however.

The nearest FF rival is the tamron 24-135mm it has far fewer of the drawbacks, i.e. starts at 24mm has a much more usable MFD and isn't as prone to flare. However it's image quality isn't as good as the minolta and it's AF speed is annoyingly slow for a non-macro lens. There's no clear winner between the 2 IMHO both are flawed.

APS-C users with the carl zeiss 16-80mm can be smug as the carl zeiss produces a sharper image than both lenses with none of the drawbacks (fast AF, flare resistant, good distortion control), maybe you would still prefer the minolta colours and build but it's no real contest the zeiss is easily the better lens.

reviewer#9877 date: Feb-3-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 70-210 F4
SAL 50F1.8
price paid:250 USD (Used)
positive:Very good built
Nice Colours
Sharp
negative:Flare could be a problem
Heavy
Min focus distance
comment:I have big problem with its Min focus distance. It's too long to take a picture, and sometimes I must to stand away more than its Min focus distance to take a picture with right focus. Quite quick AF. Macro mode is very useful.
reviewer#9676 date: Dec-6-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28/2.8
35/1.4
50/1.7
100/2.8 Macro
135/2.8
Tamron 70-210/2.8
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness. Resolution. Detail. Color.
negative:Definitely flare-prone. The minimum focusing distance is sometimes annoying. Physically somewhat fragile, so some copies apparently aren't the best.
comment:It's hard to say much that hasn't been said many times already. Yes, it would be nice if it was smaller, lighter, faster, would focus closer, and never flared or showed any distortion.

At the same time, it's already barely short of violating the laws of physics for a zoom with this range to be this sharp, especially one this old. On the other hand, the age barely matters -- if it was brand new today, this would still qualify as an unusually good lens.
reviewer#9611 date: Nov-19-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:125 € (used)
positive:Very sharp
Contrast
Good zoom range
Well built
Quite quick AF
Looks nice on 7D
Cheap for a very good Lens
negative:No hood
comment:It's perfect. Without a hood, it can show some flare, but I love the way it flares.

" The price and quality of this great vintage Minolta lens makes it a must have for the cheap lineup " --> I do agree. Highly Recommend.

PS: in Internet I've seen that the focal length to Max Aperture figures - f4-28-40mm, and f4.5-41mm to 135mm, but in my copy, i still have f4 28 - 60mm, from 70 - 135 f4.5.
reviewer#9405 date: Sep-11-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85, 35-105, Sony 50mm, Sony 135 STF, CZ 85mm 1,4
price paid:200USD
positive:Excellent colours, sharp at almost all settings,nice bouquet. Steadily built. Put it easy:gives stunning pictures...Not quite the results that the fixed focal length lenses gives, but not too far away, if you have enough available light.Balances perfect with a 850. Got mine cheap compared to quality it gives. Love this lens!!...but read the negative too..
negative:Focuses not close enough!! Especially at wide settings this often disturbs and demands backup lenses. Irritating!!!!And then the point with a widespanning,all-in-one 28-135mm lens is somewhat reduced...
comment:My standard lens on my a 850. But more lenses have to follow,unfortunately. From time to time also on a500. Would have been even more frequently used if it had better close focus limit at all focal settings. Nice colours! Recommend this. Not perfect, but so near for me...At 135 mm the sharpness is somewhat reduced, unfortunately. At 5,6 it is excellent at all focus lenght except 135, where it is still good.
reviewer#9400 date: Sep-9-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.4
Nikon 50mm f1.8
Nikon 55mm f2.8
Nikon 20-35mm f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Wide zoom range
Sharp throughout range
Non-rotating filter ring during focus
Well balanced on larger camera
negative:Long minimum focusing distance
Weight
comment:This a great lens that I constantly find frustrating. It could be everything that I need except that it isn't. The range covers ever focal length that I use in a package larger and heavier than every other lens that I own. Sharpness is good throughout the range, though under 50mm the minimum focusing distance limits its usefulness for me.

Great lens unless you need to get close.
reviewer#9258 date: Jul-25-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big Beercan 75-300 and 50 prime
price paid:380.00
positive:Picture quality, good range,
negative:Somewhat heavy
comment:Took this lens to hawaii this summer and kept it on most of the time. Finished product is incredible. Not being a professional photographer and wondering what the pics would look like concern me. This lens beat out my 50 prime for sharpness. I will keep this lens and when it needs to be worked on, I will have a professional fix it. Great lens for the price.
reviewer#9221 date: Jul-10-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF 28-75 F2.8 SAM SAL2875
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, Bokeh, Universal focal length, Macro lens
negative:Weight, focus ring, Long min. focus distance
comment:Extremly sharp, beutiful bokeh.
I use it often for photographying flowers at the Botanical garden. Slow focus is not so important as I use it on manual. Slightky too heavy but rigid construction makes it stable. I had some mechanical problems but short visit to the service makes it working perfect.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 190
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 3.45
  • overall: 4.43

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