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

reviewer#39942 date: Sep-22-2017
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4
Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro (D)
Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G
price paid:€ 180 (Used)
positive:* Compact and light weight
* Great sharpness
* Internal focus
* No distortion
negative:* CA at F2.8
* Small MF ring
comment:A very nice little lens, that gives you great pictures. Easy to take along, small enough to fit into your pocket.

Build in hood is nice, but too small. Build quality of the lens is great.

Picture quality of my copy surpasses the Minolta 100-200mm F4.5 and Minolta 70-210mm F4 considerably, and comes close to the Minolta 100mm Macro and even the Minolta 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G at 135mm in regard to sharpness and colour. However, at F2.8, there is clearly visible CA. The 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G does a lot better here, but that lens is in a different league all together.

Focus speed is fine.

If you want travel light and to go out with your camera with only a set of small primes, this one is highly recommended.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 138
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.91
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.72
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