Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by kev777zero
|kev777zero#11008 date: Apr-3-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
Minolta APO 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 D
|price paid:||350 GBP for lens + LA-EA2 adapter for NEX|
|positive:||thin DOF, fast speed, great colors, good value, small|
|negative:||noticeable purple fringing wide open, non-circular aperture blades, AF sometimes misses|
|comment:||I'm a NEX user eager to use some old AF glass, so I got the adapter and the lens from a forum member as it's a relatively small lens with long focal length and a large aperture. I was pleasantly surprised at the extremely thin DOF, as well as the "Minolta colors" many were talking about.|
However there are some negatives. Purple fringing was more prominent on the Minolta than my E-mount lenses, but this may just be due to the fact that telephoto lenses are more prone to it to begin with. I also noticed AF to miss occasionally, which could be due to the thin DOF or user error. My copy also seems to focus better when the subject is closer. It also has to be stop down half or a full stop to reach the sharpness of the E-mount lenses listed above. Then again I am comparing a 1985 made lens to 2012 ones! And it performs better than the also nice Minolta APO 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 D in terms of sharpness and color rendering.
Overall I highly recommend this lens for prosumers. It has its flaws but it's a great value lens that can do the work of much more expensive lenses. Plus it's adorable even on the tiny NEX bodies!