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

reviewer#4856 date: Feb-13-2009
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:SAL 18-70, Tamron 18-250, 50/1.4, 100-300 APO
price paid:250 USD (used)
positive:Fantastic Colors and contrast!
Decent AF speed
Rather fast
Good zoom range
Build quality is good
negative:Big and heavy
No hood, prone to flare
No wide angle on a crop camera
Hard to use in dark conditions
Focus distance
comment:This is a legendary lens and if used wisely, it produces magic! I used it a lot during my travels, despite it doesn't have a wide end on A200. I think this lens gives the best color and "athmosphere", it is just fantastic! Good for both landscapes and portraits.
There are some negative points, of course - no hood, very heavy, etc. But why should I care? This is a legend, and I am proud to have it!

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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