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

reviewer#9589 date: Nov-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:50mm 1.4
Minolta 35-105
price paid:Bundled
positive:Sharpest lens in my bag by far. Kills the 50mm 1.4 in this regard. Longish telephoto given the small size and large aperture for a full frame lens. Paired with an achromat diopter (ie canon, marumi, or raynox), gives macro with sharpness similar to that of a dedicated macro lens while allowing more room from the subject than the 50mm 2.8 macro. Colors and microcontrast require less pp than many other lenses.
negative:A little too long for portraiture in aps-c. A little too sharp for female portraits. Old screw-drive AF.
comment:I bought this lens, the 28mm 2.8, and 50mm 1.4 from someone on Craigslist for $250. I think I got a damn good deal based on this lens alone (even though I have not been blown away by the 50mm 1.4)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 137
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.43
  • overall: 4.73
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