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

reviewer#46901 date: Nov-18-2022
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 G
80-200 2.8 HS G
28-85
70-210
price paid:$200 usd
positive:Image quality, ff range.
negative:It's heavy, no question.
comment:It takes the most beautiful images and has a range of focal lengths making it a useful walkaround lens. But its heavy and there's the tradeoff.

My copy suffers terribly from CA in certain conditions but this is easily managed with software. I've marked distortion 3 for this reason.

It sort of sits in the beercan category for me, capable for sure but not compelling. Any of the other lenses mentioned would be a better pick in many situations. But when you can take only one lens for a photowalk, then this is the one.

Definitely worth having a good copy on hand.

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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