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

reviewer#12215 date: Mar-29-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO G
price paid:400 USD
positive:Fast and accurate AF
Minolta colors
Built-in hood
negative:Purple fringing
comment:The nickname "pocket rocket" is absolutely accurate for this lens. I bought it originally to shoot in low light action situations and it definitely doesn't disappoint there. The AF is fast and accurate and I've had great success with it in those situations. It's now my go to hiking lens when out with the dogs. Just enough reach to get photos of them running on the trails, lightweight (far lighter than the 70 or 80 to 200 lenses), and does great work.

The only downside is the purple fringing can be pretty extreme, especially in snow photos. But Lightroom does a decent job of cleaning that up.

It really is a fantastic lens.

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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