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

reviewer#44488 date: Mar-29-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 35/2
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 85/1.4 GD
price paid:75Euros 15 years ago
positive:Sharpness beyond f5.6. Best focal lenghts are between 40 and 100mm.
72mm filter (for me), matches: 20/2.8, 85/1.4, 200/2.8.
negative:Minimum focus distance.
Flare can get really bad.
Heavy.
comment:For sharpness, see pictures:
There's never been a hood for this lens, probably because the enormous zoom ratio would make it useless anyways. A polarizer helps sometimes.
Mounted to the a900, extreme corners at 28mm never got sharp, overall sharpness at 135mm was visibly lower than between 40 and 100mm, but still good.
The a99ii lifted this lens onto a new level. Sharpness is great, only flare can be a real nuisance.
1,5m focus distance makes it an outdoor lens for travel, landscapes, architecture.
If you can live with the shortcomings mentioned, this gem can give you very pleasing results.

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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