Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by bender21

reviewer#3003 date: Nov-30-2007
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24/1.8
MinO 35/2
MinO 50/1.4
MinO 100/2
MinO 135/2.8
KM 28-75(D)
price paid:180 USD (used)
positive:Beautiful lens to behold...
Fantastic zoom if working properly
negative:Build issues..
Long Min. Focus distance
Zoom creep
comment:I have no doubt that these lenses were/are fantastic, however I have heard of and seen a number of problems with them. The first is how delicate the internal alignment seems to be. I have seen some image samples that attest to the great IQ this lens can have, but that hasn't been my experience and felt this would be the perfect place to share it. I have had the same issues as everyone else, with the minimum focus distance and flare.
At first, I loved this lens.. it is absolutely beautiful and I had taken some very nice photos with it, then *boom*, disaster strikes! After about 3 years of owning and using this lens, the zoom mechanism begins to lock up and become stuck, or won't zoom past a certain point, and then the focus won't focus past a certain point. I had it opened up and what do you know, something broke off inside for absolutely no reason that I can think of, the metal tab to the macro switch I believe and it had been loose, wreaking havoc inside the lens. Well, everything seems to be fine again, but then I shoot a whole day of pictures and they are suddenly dreadful. A haze or halos over/around everything, terrible sharpness, colors and contrast are very underwhelming.. I believe the alignment of the elements might have been knocked out of whack, and after some checking around, it seemed to be a common problem with this lenses, thus my thought of them being pretty delicate.. Supposedly the alignment can be shot by even a good shock.. I try to baby my equipment, and it happened to me. Oh well. I really do want to like this lens, I believe they put alot of money, and really over-engineered it, and believe it is capable of alot, but I just couldn't trust it again.

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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