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

reviewer#44546 date: Jul-7-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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:Sony 24-105 AF f3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85 AF f3.5-4.5 Macro
Konica Minolta 28-75 AF f2.8
Minolta 70-210 AF f4 Macro
Sigma 100-300 f4
price paid:$103
positive:The build of the lens is excellent to say the least. Heavy and surely made with plenty of metal and glass. It focuses fast and doesn't seem to hesitate at all in good lighting. Focus accuracy seems to be pretty good in good lighting.
negative:Contrast is good, but obviously not as good as todays modern glass. Minimum focus distance is not that great; nearly 5 ft. Can hesitate during AF if lighting isn't ideal.
comment:It focuses fast and accuracy seems to be on target most of the time. Less than stellar lighting can cause the lens to hesitate mildly when auto focusing. Sharpness seems to be pretty good, but no match to the KM AF 28-75 f2.8. I tested this lens on an A77MII and an A700. The same result. Contrast doesn't match modern glass, but it is still pretty good. Nothing that can't be helped with some Photoshop.

When directly compared to the Sony 24-105 f3.5-4.5 lens the 24-105 I feel is the better lens overall. Though, there might be 1 or 2 trade offs the 28-135 really is not a match optically. One of those trade offs is control over purple fringing is better on the 28-135 f4-4.5.

The cosmetics of the sample I just acquired is Excellent+++. I've never seen this lens in such good condition in person. A beautiful gem as cosmetics go.

All in all, I don't see why this lens is so legendary. Other than its build, range and its somewhat rarity it's not that phenomenal. Still, it's a good lens if you know how to use it.

As a side note, I had a version of this lens prior to the one I'm reviewing now. It didn't perform all that well whatsoever. After closer inspection I found that it suffered from internal haze on the inner elements. Obviously, this was messing with its optical quality. Back it went to the seller.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 203
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.41
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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