Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by kev777zero

reviewer#11008 date: Apr-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:SEL50F18
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!

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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