Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 A-mount lens review by Phil Wood
|Phil Wood#44234 date: Mar-10-2019|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 100mm D macro|
Minolta 70-210 (all variants)
Minolta 75-300 (all variants)
|price paid:||105 GBP|
|positive:||Small, sharp, solid lens.|
|negative:||Nothing major - shorter MFD would be nice.|
|comment:||I'm not a huge fan of nicknames like 'pocket rocket', but you can see where it comes from. This is a lovely little lens, some of the G zooms might have it beat, but I don't have one of those. It holds its own very well against my zooms - faster, lighter, smaller and better IQ. The 100mm macro is sharper and has better IQ and has macro - but it is heavier and it isn't 135mm. The Ziess 135 is reportedly better - and so it should be considering it's decades newer and ten times the price. If you shoot A-mount and want a 135mm prime you can't get better value than this little gem.|
That said mine doesn't get a lot of use - I prefer the 100mm macro and the Sony 85mm f2.8 as short teles, I don't know why but I've never got on that well with 135mm.
Update 12 Sep '19: I forced myself to use this lens by using it in a Dyxum Challenge - and it grew on me. I now use it regularly on FF and APS-C; it's a gem.