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Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 Prime Comparison to Zooms

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    Posted: 10 September 2016 at 20:27
This is my second and sharper copy of the Minolta AF 135mm F2.8.

Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5
Sigma AF 35-135mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-200mm F4.5-5.6 Xi
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4
Minolta AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6
Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta AF 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM

All of these were shot from the same distance to the chart with the focal length adjusted to give close to the same field of view. The exceptions are the two internal focus zooms which were shot at the end of the zoom range which resulted in a wider view than the 135 mm prime. The full captures below show the differences with the area outside the 3:2 crop marks.

Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 @ 135mm

Just a bit wider than the 135mm prime

Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM

Wider than the Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5

Wide-Open Center


Wide-Open Top Left


Wide-Open Bottom Right


f/5.6 Center


f/5.6 Top Left


f/5.6 Bottom Right


f/8 Center


f/8 Top Left


f/8 Bottom Right


Edited by QuietOC - 10 September 2016 at 21:32
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sploosher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 September 2016 at 22:53
I too have this lens, got a mint copy for a bargain price of GBP149

Super sharp even wide open.........
A77ii,A700,A550,,3600HSD,Nissin Di866,Minolta 135,500,Sony50mm f1.4,Sony 70-300 G SSM, Sigma10-20,Tamron17-50mm f2.8,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote loserdave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 September 2016 at 08:39
Great Job! Super useful post.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2016 at 13:09
Bought the "pocket rocket" not so long ago for 180. Apart from the CA at f/2.8, there is nothing to complain about.

Looking at your test result (great work BTW!), I am impressed how well the DT 55-300mm performs.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2016 at 14:36
Yes, my DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 is a very nice lens, and it is certainly my most used lens by number of pictures.

I am going to use the 135/2.8 for Octoberfest this month. I've also tried it a bit with a Kenko MC7 2X teleconverter, and it seems to work well at 270 mm F5.6. I'll probably add some teleconverter tests to this thread.
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