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

reviewer#2052 date: Mar-26-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
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:24-105 zoom,
100 macro
24 2.8
200 2.8 APO
price paid:Forget
positive:Very sharp, good colour, excellent range for film & FF, a good all-around lens that I use if only taking one. Very solid build.
negative:Heavy, lack of hood, flare can be an issue if shooting into light. Front element rotates with zoom. Don't use macro much at all... have 100 macro.
comment:I have owned this lens since it first came on the market, and it is the one I always take if travelling "light" (for film or FF a900).
I use the 24-105 on my 7D as I like the compactness, light weight and wider angle on APC.
This is an excellent lens in almost every respect, and has never given me any trouble.
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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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