Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by accady
|accady#3091 date: Dec-20-2007|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 28-105/2.8|
Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 18-70/3.5-5.6 (kit)
|price paid:||140 USD|
|negative:||-heavy / weird balance|
-min focus distance (sometimes)
|comment:||Given its range, the image quality is outstanding as it easily matches some primes (especially from 28 to 100mm). That's the reason I consider it a deal even at current 300+ prices for a good sample.|
It is prone to flare in certain conditions but this doesn't bother me at all. It is the kind of flare I like (spreads evenly throughout the frame) and this could be used creatively.
Another 'treat' from this lens is the macro mode. Many consider it useless but I quite like it. Getting close to you subject at wide angle makes for some creative opportunities.(TIP: While using the macro feature of the lens, switch the camera to manual focus to enable the focus assist feature - at least that's how it works on my 7D).
Min focus distance can be annoying in tight spaces (indoors) but this is rarely a problem for me as I use it mostly outdoors.
While it seems built like a tank, the vast number of bad samples proves it is in fact extremely delicate. Mine has no problem so far but I feel I need to have extra care every time I use it.
One thing I really don't like about it is the way it balances on the camera. Due to a heavier front, the overall camera-lens balance is different from any other lens I own and this feels weird. Recently, I've noticed the AS/SSS performance is better with other lenses at same FL/aperture combination and I suspect this has to do with the balance. My Tamron 28-105/2.8 is of similar weight but it balances better on camera and has better AS results. Anyway, take this with a grain of salt as it well may be just personal preference.
Final conclusion: the image quality easily makes up for all the negatives. I think this is the queen of non-G Minolta zooms.