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

reviewer#30698 date: Oct-13-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:28-105,35-70,28-80,16-80,18-55,55-200
price paid:$379😵2006
positive:Capable of unique images, nice wide to tele range,Minolta Magic image quality(color+contrast)legendary HandShake allure.Bokeh can be superb.
negative:Legend is somewhat myth. Min focus 1.5m, Focus falls off about half way thru the range. Still sharp, just not tack sharp.Adjustment of camera's micro focus is a MUST.Ridiculously heavy compared to modern comparables.Focus mechanism prone to failure. Hunts like crazy in low light. Zero IQ, tough to learn it’s quirks.
comment:I've enjoyed this lens, it's fun, finicky, can be frustrating. I can't overstate the importance of matching your camera body's micro focus to this lens. My copy went to the shop on the sellers tab because the focus mechanism failed.(common for this lens) Once repaired and dialed into the camera, it’s still rarely used. A poor choice for reliabile captures but can render unique results.Don't pay what I did, there out there much cheaper these days.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 203
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.41
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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