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

reviewer#44379 date: Oct-7-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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:
price paid:200
positive:Image quality image quality across zoom range good zoom range Internal focus great used price for a prolevel lens
negative:very heavy only f/4-4.5 for a 72mm lens 72mm filters expensive no hood must watch out for flair minimum focus 5'
comment:The Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5 is one of the original Minolta AF lenses from the mid 1980s, and is now over 20 years old. It's well built, with a minimum of plastic components, which makes it heavy for its size. This lens was also quite expensive when introduced, and came with odd features, as mentioned above. Sony has a current lens (Minolta designed) similar in focal length, the 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5, but it doesn't perform as well overall.

Focusing accuracy is quite good, most likely the result of the low F/4 maximum aperture. It's also not speedy, but typical for the day. Color fringing as well as light fall-off are kept to a minimum, and both are controlled well, with average, to above average performance. Flare and ghosting are strong, and by today's standards would be considered poor, but are average for a 1980s Minolta AF zoom. Bokeh or background blur is also not very smooth, but the few items mentioned should not overshadow the most impressive characteristic, the overall sharpness of this lens, which is excellent. If Sony put in a circular aperture, SSM-not SAM, and some modern coatings to try and eliminate some of the ghosting (like they did on the 50mm F/1.4) this lens would probably get a "G" designation and sell like hot cakes!

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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 197
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.43
  • flare control: 3.46
  • overall: 4.42
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