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

reviewer#12034 date: Nov-16-2014
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:Minolta 50 2.8
Zeiss 50 1.4 SSM
price paid:200 CHF
positive:Minolta colours
Sharpness throughout
Fast AF
Practical built in lens hood.
negative:Not great with flaring, but this is almost always the case with older minolta glass
comment:This lens is just a great piece of equipment. I picked this up as I had a prime gap at 135 and this lens was the lowest cost, smaller size option with good review. Tried it out today and can say am very pleased with it. Typical Minolta prime sharpness and rendering. Reminds me of the 50 2.8 Macro in terms of colour and sharpness. Cannot see any downsides, especially if used on a modern full frame such as the a7. Seems a great size when coupled with that camera, so looking forward to using it if going down this camera path. Otherwise will get a lot of use on the a77, a37 and possibly a77ii cameras.

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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