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

reviewer#2578 date: Jul-25-2007
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:18-70kit, 50/1.7, 70-210/4
price paid:133€ (mint in box)
positive:Color and contrast, Build to last, Amazingly sharp, Price/Quality, AF performance
negative:Min. focus distance, Good samples seems rare
comment:This lens really lives up to its reputation! It compares to the 50/1.7 in sharpness and it's miles ahead of the kit lens in every aspect. Its build quality is amazing, if it wasn’t so heavy it would have been the perfect walk-around zoom but then again good glass is heavy. Color and contrast is really amazing and I haven’t really experienced that much problem with flare as others have. The macro at 28mm gives a fun perspective to macro shots. Gets a bit softer at 100mm and up but still sharp.

The price and quality of this great vintage Minolta lens makes it a must have for the cheap lineup.

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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