Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by Bill73

reviewer#10231 date: May-23-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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:Sony CZ 16-80
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 10-20/3.5
Tamron 90/2.8 MACRO
Minolta 100/2.8 MACRO
Tamron 18-200
Sony 75-300
Sigma 170-500
Sony 18-55
Sony 18-70
price paid:$300 AUS$
positive:Love the Build
It's very sharp
Colors are beautiful
I just love the 'look' of this lens; there's something very reassuring about it
Macro is actually pretty awesome (even if it is at the wide end)
negative:It's very heavy
Flare is hard to control
Strange balance to camera with this lens fitted
Autofocus, though fast, is strange. It seems to 'snap' into focus .... it's a little disconcerting.
comment:Big, heavy, old-school lens. Love it. First time I used it I thought ... WOW. I know folk yabba on all the time about 'Minolta colors this and that', I must confess I was extremely skeptical, but this lens ... WOW. Colors really do come through much more saturated. Flare really is a shocker though and, apart from sheer heft, it's the only major issue with this lens. That said, it's easy enough to control as long as you factor it in when shooting. All-in-all a wonderful lens. Nice work Minolta!!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 203
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.41
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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