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

reviewer#44381 date: Oct-9-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
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price paid:350
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comment:The relatively small and light-weight Minolta AF 135mm F/2.8 turned in a very good performance for a twenty-plus year old lens. Getting a good copy for under $300 would be a steal, and a nice addition to a prime lovers bag of goodies. On an APS-C camera, this lens is similar to a 200mm F/2.8 lens for full frame.

Earning high marks are: distortion control; it's flat on full frame and APS-C; center sharpness, where F/2.8 shows a surprising amount of detail, (although there is some veiling haze and color fringing), and light fall-off: very little on full frame at F/2.8.

The Minolta AF 135/2.8 is a small lens that can be stored in your coat pocket if you like hand-held low light shooting but aren't sure you need that much focal length. If you want something even smaller, check out the Sony 85mm F/2.8 SAM, obviously it doesn't have quite the reach of 135mm, but you can get them new, and it performs a little better all the way around.

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rating summary

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  • 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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