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

reviewer#45578 date: Sep-5-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 24-105 D
Minolta 28-85 MkI
Minolta 35-105 MkI
Sony 85mm
Pentacon 135mm f2.8 MF
price paid:£130
positive:Great range on FF
Solid build
negative:No Lens hood
comment:This is probably my favourite lens for FF A850. It is not heavy by any means compared to the 70-400 (about half the weight). I could quite easily carry this around all day. Takes brilliant portrait shots and also wide enough to do landscapes. Flare control is solved by adding a screw-in hood, wide angle variety, which really makes the front of the lens look big as it flares out from 72mm to 85mm!
Supposedly the "secret handshake" lens of Japan, but these rumours are years old. If it was, then the recipients must have been really happy to get one.
Well worth what I paid for it and as a walkabout lens it is fine and just gives that extra reach when you want it.
When I compared it to the older Pentacon, it certainly was able to hold its own against that as well.
Compared to the 35-105, I would go as far as to say I prefer the bigger and wider lens. IQ is just as good as that lens in my opinion.

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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