Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by blackworx

reviewer#10241 date: May-27-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
price paid:
55mm filter thread
negative:Hood's a bit flimsy
Recessed focus ring
comment:Bought this mainly for gig photography where its size, weight and speed have been invaluable. Previously I'd been using a combination of 50mm f/1.7 + Beercan for this task, and whilst I still sometimes bring the 50, I can thankfully now leave the beercan at home. Very sharp, very fast focusing and amazing colours.

No doubt the CZ 135mm f/1.8 is miles better, but hey it's 5x the price, 3x the weight and easily twice the size.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 138
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.66
  • distortion: 4.91
  • flare control: 4.43
  • overall: 4.72
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