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

reviewer#3077 date: Dec-16-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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:135/2.8
85/1.4 G D
price paid:160 USD (used)
positive:Very sharp, images IMHO are G like (very 85/1.4'ish)
negative:Macro at 28mm seems pointless. My copy's zoom is not very smooth especially bewteen 100 and 135mm. I haven't read all the reviews but mine seems to have a familiar problem of AF not working at certain focal lentghs.
comment:I think this lens is as much a classic as the beercan which it compliments very nicely on film or a full frame digital (A900?), on cropped digital the range is not so usefull but better than the usual 28-75mm/2.8 long zooms if not faster... I only bought this lens because of the low price (ahh mine also came with a small scratch in the front element which sofar does not show in the photos), I suppose it's worth the usual USD250-350 a good copy gets...

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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