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

reviewer#6127 date: Sep-27-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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:Minolta 28-85
Minolta 24-85
Minolta 35-105
Tamron 17-50
price paid:Stole it (used)
positive:Sharp, good colors, low distortion. Fast AF, Non rotating front in AF, moderate apertures
negative:Front rotates when zooming, large heavy, Long minimum focus distance, no factory hood, large filter diameter. reversed focus and zoom rings
comment:Picked this lens up at a local camera shop. My copy has a bit stiff zoom from 70mm through 100mm and then is smooth again, but I've read on line that this lens may have some internal build issues. I've not really wrung this lens out in high contrast shooting but indications are it's sharp. Colors are typical of Minolta lenses. Not a lens that I want to carry around all day due to weight. It does make my A-700 with grip look huge. I couldn't see someone using it with the A-230 series bodies. The zoom range is nice but I'm not all that sure it's so far ahead of the 24-85RS / 28-85 / and 35-105 originals to justify the huge price difference (other than extended tele end) and the other lenses focus closer. If you can find one at a reasonable price it's another tool in the arsenal but I don't see were it's head and shoulders above other quality Minolta lenses of the same era, maybe I just need to work with it more as I just got it and did some quick Jpg shots around the yard. I have not tried macro with this lens and typically don't use macro in zooms since I have dedicated macro lenses.

Might be a good two lens set with the 100-300 series

Edit: I'm going to leave flare control rating were it is. This lens exhibits a bit more flare than I like. I will be looking to pick up a rubber collapsing hood

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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