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

reviewer#44370 date: Sep-12-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4
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:Zeiss 135/1.8, Minolta 85/1.4, Minolta 28-135, Tamron 70-210/2.8, Konica 135/2.5, ...
price paid:150 (new)
positive:Small and light for the speed/focal length. Sufficiently sharp for most purposes. Built-in lens hood that actually works fairly well. (And see the comments for a rather unusual strength). At least on my copy, the stop at infinity gives essentially perfect focus on infinity.
negative:Flare can be a problem (for a fixed focal length lens), though the hood works pretty well. I guess it could be sharper--the Zeiss 135/1.8 is definitely sharper.
comment:One point that most people probably don't care about at all, but a few will find extremely interesting: this lens seems to be almost completely free of coma or astigmatism. I use it quite a bit for astrophotgraphy, because stars remain round and sharp right out to the corners of the (full) frame. With many (most) other lenses, lights near the corner (or even edge) turn into strange and unusual shapes, but with this they remain essentially perfect across the entire frame.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 139
  • sharpness: 4.69
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 4.91
  • flare control: 4.44
  • overall: 4.72
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