Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by Kaishi
|Kaishi#3282 date: Feb-19-2008|
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|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)|
|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.