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

reviewer#4213 date: Oct-11-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 used to own this lens
compared to:18-70
100-200 f/4.5
Minolta primes - 24, 35, 50, 100, 135.
Various tamron/sigma zooms
price paid:Ł200 near mint
positive:Great walkabout range
Mega quality build
Amazing colours
Quick (rear) Autofocus
negative:Too slow for indoors - without flash
Minimum focus distance is poor.
comment:I didn't expect this to be so good. I just sold my 100-200 Minolta because the range was less than ideal and bought this instead. As an outdoor zoom it is ideal. Not that big and heavy - just properly made!

Sharp enough throught the zoom range wide open. CA not a problem. Distortion not a problem. Colours are outstanding - as good as the 85 1.4 and better than the 100-200 or beercan I think.

What a unit this lens is! Worth a lot more than I paid.

p.s. It is a little slow for lowlight but the onboard flash (A700) seems to work very well with this lens. It does not cast big shadows and the colours come up well using flash.

Highly recommended!!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 202
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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