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

reviewer#45821 date: Jan-21-2022
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135 f4/4.5
Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f3.5 MC
price paid:£175.00
Built-in hood
negative:Nothing worth mentioning
comment:A really compact prime 135mm that is a joy to use. Produces stunning portraits, but can be used as a short range wildlife lens, or indeed for some longer landscape shots.

Not super sharp wide open, but stopping down produces clear, crisp images, with beautiful colours.

When compared to the renowned 28-135, it is much sharper at say f5.6 (to be fair to the zoom lens) and of course so much smaller and lighter. Comparing it to a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar MC 135mm f3.5, it holds its own, so not bad at all.

A great addition to the camera bag for a day out with a wide angle and standard lens to accompany it. Definitely a keeper.

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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