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

reviewer#3855 date: Jul-15-2008
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-250mm, Minolta 28-85mm, Minolta 100-200mm, Beercan, 35-70mm, 50mm
price paid:185 USD (used)
positive:1) SHARP

2) Build quality (tank-like)

3) Shows good taste

negative:1) HEAVY!

2) Looooonnng

3) A bit slow on the focusing

4) Hunts in low light
comment:A real beauty! Sharp as many primes throughout the range and almost no distortion. Images more than usable wide-open. Stopped down to f/7-8 it is almost as sharp as my 50mm....


however, holding this lens back is the sheer SIZE of the thing. It is such a limited range (for the size), it feels almost silly carrying it around. It hurts your neck and cramps your wrist if used for any real amount of time. Even my super-thick neck strap feels strained when walking with this on. For the $$$, there is nothing even approaching this lens. Buy it, save it. It'll probably skyrocket in value when the FF gets going.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 197
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.45
  • overall: 4.42
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