Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by skm.sa100

reviewer#44541 date: Jun-30-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-70/2.8
16-50/2.8
16-105/
17-50/2.8
etc.
price paid:USD130
positive:Price.
Range.
Minolta colors.
negative:Flare.
Flare.
Flare.
I'd have preferred 24mm instead of 28mm.
Some CA.
comment:A marvelous little lens that works really well on even modern FF cameras. I use it a a good bit on my A99.
It's a good performer during noon on a sunny day! No washed out tones/colors. I totally like this lens for that.
What I really don't like is the flare. It's truly horrible. Some of the worst I've seen of any lens. It doesn't come with an inbuilt hood and 3rd party hoods aren't that great, either. A rubber collapsible hood might be useful given the wide zoom range.
There's some amount of CA/fringing wide open and close to wide open but it's a known issue for lenses from that era.
Don't point it directly at the sun in the frame. You will regret it.

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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