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

reviewer#4841 date: Feb-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:DT 18-70
CZ 16-80
DT 18-250
Sony 70-300 G ssm
70-210 F4
price paid:235 (used)
positive:-Dramatic sharpness and color
-Good focal range,specially on FF
-Reasonably fast @135mm (f4.5)for its price,range and IQ
-Decent AF speed both in a200&a700
-Macro feature
-Stunning bokeh (best seen in all the lens i owned)
-Superb built quality
negative:-Weight -but its all metal!!-
-Flare issues
-Contrast could be better
-Minimal focus distance is painfull for small rooms indoors.
-No lens hood (strongly reccomended to atach one)
-Flare issues
comment: I owned this lens for several months.I was really excited with my first impression, having tried till that momment only dt 18-70 and 50 1.7.
Sharpness is very good, but most impressive, is the real -life looking images than this piece of glass can deliver.
Bokeh is simply outstanding.
NOt as sharp as CZ 16-80. But there are two different kind o "sharpness" here.
CZ`s is more "clinical" and resolves -according with the samples I tried both zeiss and Minolta - micro contrast detail.AF 28-135 has a special touch of magic plus neutral yet pretty accurate colors and drama to the pictures,
Relly m theres no much stuff to compare to Af 28-135.Its unique. As CZ 16-80 is ,even people compare it with sony 16-105, another nice lens but different in some points than cz 16-80.
I sold 28-135 to buy 16-80,wich find it useful because the wider end an focus distance.But if i didnt need to sell it i would keep it. Nothing compares to this lens,i overall features.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 202
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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