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

reviewer#3035 date: Dec-4-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Sony 16-105
Sony 18-70
price paid:550cdn new
positive:Sharp pictures, very well made classic lens.
negative:Heavy, large filter size.
Macro feature at 28mm.
Range mostly suited to film cameras.
No lens hood.
comment:This was a great lens in it's day. Takes excellent pictures on 35mm cameras and digital. I used this lens for a long time before recently selling it because it's range on a digital equates to 35mm equivalent of 42-202.5mm. Great range on a film camera, but far less useful on a digital with a c size sensor. Biggest drawback was that it is a heavy lens, and the large filter size makes attachments expensive. The lens never had a lens hood, because of it's 28mm wide beginning range. It was designed before the current petal lens hoods. The macro feature is at 28mm, which is like having no macro feature at all. It's a good, collectors item, but with digital, it's range limits it's usefulness.

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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