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

reviewer#1969 date: Mar-15-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:KM 17-35 f 2.8/4
Minolta 70-210 f4 (beercan)
Minolta 75-300 f4.5/5.6 (big beercan)
price paid:€ 150
positive:- Sharp
- Solid as a rock
- Smooth zooming
- Great colors
- Fast
negative:- Hood missing
- Delicate front lens
comment:Great walkaround lens, I am using it in a trip across Asia and found it extremely versatile. Focal length is good but it will be even better if it starts at 24.
Flare is not so much a problem but, of course, you must take care of sun position to avoid it.
This lens is incredibily sharp, even sharper that my 75-300 (big beercan), as from f 5.6 to f 11. I have tried at min aperture f22 and it is still sharp (but it was cloudy so I don't know how it manages with diffraction).
This is the kind of lens which makes me an A-mount system "addicted"......

edit 01/05/11
Now on A850 it performs its best...what a lens!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 201
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.41
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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