Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by awaken77
|awaken77#3187 date: Jan-16-2008|
flare control: 3
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6|
Vario-Sonnar ZA 16-80/3.5-4.5
Minolta 85/1.4 G
Built like a tank
Impressive focal range
|negative:||AF hunting on Sony DSLR-A100|
Prone to flare
No standard shade
|comment:||Old Minolta legend, rare to find in good condition nowadays.|
It renders pleasant (but not very sharp comparing to modern "digital" zooms) picture with nice colors and smooth bokeh. I consider it mainly as a portrait lens "all-in-one". Wide end (28-35mm) is very soft, and it isn't a choice for landscaping. However, form film and 6MP digital it it probably OK. Biggest drawback for me is AF hunting with A100 - it's almost impossible to use this lens on incandescent light on wide end.
On Dynax 7 film camera, AF is OK - fast and reliable.
It would be interesting to try it on A700.