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

reviewer#5021 date: Mar-12-2009
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:AF 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D)
AF 24mm 2,8
AF 28-75mm 2,8 (D)
AF 28-85mm 3,5-4,5
AF 28-135mm 4-4,5
AF 35-105mm 3,5-4,5
AF 50mm 1,7
AF 70-210mm 4
AF 75-300mm 4,5-5,6 1st
Tamron AF 11-18 4,5-5,6
Beroflex 400mm 6,3 1st
price paid:100 € (used)
positive:very sharp
very fast AF
solid build
negative:solid build
only f4-4,5
min. focus distance
comment:A very sharp lens with a really versatile zoom-range and a good addition to the 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D).
The very fast AF, only very little CA and the warm colors make fun. But only outside... Because of the min. focus distance of 1,5m and the slow f4-4,5 I use this lens only outdoor. There it is a very good performer when you stop down to f5,6.
In my opinion this isn't a „must have“ lens, but a really nice, very good performing, luxury solid one. And this is one of his biggest disadvantages too. The weight is high and it is not really compact. I've bought this lens for low money in good condition with a little axial play at the zoom-ring and I decide to repair this (Thanks to Pete Ganzel). Wow... what an impressing lens construction! The build quality is exceptional. A fine example of a high-quality-full-heavy-metal-lens.

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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