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

reviewer#5263 date: Apr-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
price paid:250 CHF
positive:Sharpness
Color
Bokeh
Focal Range
Zoom ring
Fast AF
negative:Heavy
MFD
Filter size
Back focus
comment:This is a great all-round lens in my opinion. It focuses fast, although i think that the back-focus is inconvenient even though it allows use of special filters since the front element doesn't rotate.
Sharpness and color are classical Minolta, and I like how the zoom ring locks at both ends of the range.
The macro function I rarely use. I find it better to use a dedicated macro lens.

In all, a recommended all-round lens if you can live with the weight and MFD. In my opinion the IQ easily overcomes those "problems".

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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