Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by havoc315

reviewer#11260 date: Jul-19-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 85 2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:265usd used
positive:Sharp even wide open
Small and light
Great colors and contrast
negative:Can hunt for focus
Soft corners on full frame
comment:For an older lens, this lens is nearly perfect. The colors are amazing, and it's my sharpest lens wide open at 2.8.
With the compact size, it's easy to keep in my bag.
With the size, affordable price, and just great image quality, it makes a nice substitute for a 70-200 2.8, if you can live with just the 135mm. Becomes a decent telephoto on APS-C sensor.
So truly a great lens for portrait headshots, or for a low-light telephoto. Focus can be slow, limiting the lens ability slightly for action.
When shooting on full frame, the corners do soften a bit. Should only bother you if you are pixel peeping.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 136
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.68
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.45
  • overall: 4.73
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