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A Favorite: Minolta 28-135 F4-F4.5 (Handshake)

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    Posted: 08 January 2022 at 08:09

Here's a shout out to a sleeper lens - the old Minolta 28-135 F4-F4.5 AF.

Look at this picture - zoom in - browse the bridge and the water - almost unchanged from its raw source - the most distant features - a wind-speed vane - the flags on the far side of the bridge - the supports - the shadows distinct - perfectly exposed. WOW. You have to zoom in to appreciate.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2022 at 11:00
Hardly a sleeper lens in my book with 202 reviews in the lensdatabase and seven pages of samples. It also has a nickname, the (not so) secret handshake. A lot of people know about this one.

There is a reason it is highly sought after. It is a really good zoom for the late 80's. As your picture shows.

BTW, is the definition of sleeper lens changing? It used to be a lens that people do not really know to be really good, but it is. Like the Minolta 35-200xi or the Sigma Superwide 24/2.8. It seems to move, as Gordon Laing made a sleeper list which included the Sony 24/1.4GM (and omitted the 100STF....). Like the 28-135 hardly a lens nobody knows about.

Anyway, good picture!
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Next to a nice lens it's also a very nice photograph!

The tranquil atmosphere, slightly hazy background and the little boat in exactly the right place. All top notch
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2022 at 17:56
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Next to a nice lens it's also a very nice photograph!

The tranquil atmosphere, slightly hazy background and the little boat in exactly the right place. All top notch

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I quite enjoy using it on the A99 a good bit. The CA can be bad and the flare is just about terrible, though.
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What can I say - I am very impressed by the details of the large version. Great lens, but - as has been said - a great image as well.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote keith_h Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2022 at 19:39
Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

I quite enjoy using it on the A99 a good bit. The CA can be bad and the flare is just about terrible, though.


I did some testing to provoke flare on A99 and was happy to discover its nowhere as bad as has been suggested, even shooting direct into the sun. Fringing is also not too bad, can be controlled.

On the flip side, the flare can be made part of the shot if desired, it seems easy enough to control.

As everyone says, images can be great with this lens.
 



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Yes, a really good lens, usually been a lens i used very much, but after changing to FE, it is in no use.
Maybe i should sell it, like other lenses in storage ....hmmm....
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