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

reviewer#4896 date: Feb-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Cosina 19-35/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 70-300/4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 APO II Macro
price paid:150 EUR Used
positive:The build, solid. sharp, color, bokeh. Fast AF - very fast.
negative:It is a little heavy, but I like the balance with my a700. AF ring could burn your hand.
comment:I've had this not for so long. But I do really like it. The colors, bokeh, build - you name it. It is worth every cent I bought it for. My copy is not so sharp at wide open, that's why only 4.5. The flare control is due to the lack of hood, but with a hood mounted it will be a 4. I tend to use it often and I have mounted on my a700, as my everyday lens. It is a keeper, unless I get a hold on a better copy.

Updated: I've two copies now, and I can say that the sharpness is quite impressing. And with the metal hood bought from ebay, the flare control is good.

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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