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

reviewer#10254 date: May-31-2012
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Porst 135/2.8
price paid:225 EUR
positive:+ small
+ light
+ fast AF
+ superb IQ
+ hood is always there
negative:- PF wide open to about F/4.5
- bokeh can be rather busy
comment:Brilliant lens. I bought this lens early in my DSLR days, and the only other two primes that I had were the 24/2.8 and 50/1.7. Never used telephoto much till then, but this lens just makes me take portraits of everyone I see. It is a little long on APS-C but on FF it's excellent in this regard.
Just watch out for bright contrasty areas, as wide open this lens will fringe badly all over the frame. If the background is busy and not really far away, you can get swirling bokeh quite easily. All in all the bokeh is in my eyes not as smooth as for example the 200/2.8, 85/2.8 or even the 50s.
As for IQ, there are no complaints. Sharpness, contrast and colour are all perfect.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 139
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 4.91
  • flare control: 4.44
  • overall: 4.72
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