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

reviewer#4822 date: Feb-8-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm f/4
Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
price paid:110 €
positive:Sharpness
Build
Range
negative:Weight/Build
Flare
No dedicated lens hood
Chromatic aberration
comment:This lens seems to be, just like the beercan, a minolta-legend.
I think it's a bit overhyped, but that doesn't mean this is a bad lens.
Not at all, it has a good range (except there's no wide angle on aps-c). The colours are beautiful, nice contrast. The macro-mode on 28mm can be very useful. Bokeh is very nice, especially at 135mm.

The sharpness is oke, at least a aps-c. On full frame it seems the corners are a bit soft. In good light conditions the lens performs stopped down t 5.6/8 very good! But in less light I don't find this lens useful.

Don't forget this lens is very heavy! The focus is pretty fast on my A200. Never tested it on other cams.
Because there is no dedicated lens hood there is a lot of flare visible at 28mm! So get yourself also a lens hood when you buy this lens!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 197
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.45
  • overall: 4.42
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