Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by awaken77

reviewer#3187 date: Jan-16-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 18-70/3.5-5.6
Tamron 17-50/2.8
Vario-Sonnar ZA 16-80/3.5-4.5
Minolta 85/1.4 G
Sony 50/1.4
Sigma 20/1.8
price paid:
Color rendition
Built like a tank
Impressive focal range
Neglible distorstion
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.

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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