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

reviewer#2825 date: Oct-6-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:28-70 (D)
24-105mm (D)
price paid:180 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness
Bokeh
Solid Build
negative:72mm Filter
Autofocus Hunting
Weight
comment:The sharpness/bokeh/contrast/colour are typical of older Minolta lenses. I examined my first test shot for sharpness and realised that the whole shot from edge to edge was crisp. the build is solid, the lens is a little heavy compared to modern carbon based offerings.

A biggest negatives for me are the AF speed which is slow and unpredictable, and the weight.

Macro is really funky, operating at the wide end, you have to take care not slam the lens right into the subject it is so close.

Overall I would not hesitate to buy another, but be aware of the condition..I was lucky with mine, many others have bought paper-weights, this after all is a fairly old model.


July 2008:
I sold this lens simply because the weight added to my kit bag is too much to cope with.

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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