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

reviewer#3282 date: Feb-19-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Macro
Minolta AF 28-80mm F4.5-5.6
Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 (SAL1870)
price paid:230 USD (excellent)
positive:Focus speed.
negative:VERY heavy. 0.75 kg.
A little slow at F4-4.5 (newer high-ISO sensors make up for this).
No way to mount a lens hood, so be careful where you point it.
comment:This lens is absolutely stunning. Using one will be the best argument you'll find for wanting to own one. They're rare, expensive, heavy, and slow, but the photos are completely worth it.

Macro is roughly 1:4 magnification. I wouldn't call that 'macro' but it can be helpful from time to time.

Lens has a unique rear-focus system that allows for extremely light and quick focusing. A clutched focus ring would be an improvement but is really unnecessary.

If you can find one of these, at least consider it. In my opinion, it is the best lens purchase I've ever made. I love it on my A900.

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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