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

reviewer#6201 date: Oct-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
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:Tokina AT-X pro 28-70 f2.6-2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4 (beercan)
minolta 20 f2.8
minolta 50 f1.7
minolta 100 f2
price paid:200 Euro (used)
positive:Sharpness
Colors
Build
All-round-qualities
quite good macro function
negative:minimum distance
indoor abilities
no hood: flare
weight (if that's an issue)
comment:If a perfect out-door all-round lens exists - this one gets close...

I just came back from one month of traveling in japan and this lens did such a great job, that I have to celebrate it here.

I used it practically every day for such different things as portrait, buildings, landscapes, street life, and close up macro-shots. No matter what I capture with this lens, it comes out razor sharp and with great colors - both wide open and stopped down. Even the macro function is surprisingly good - far better than just usable.

It's a heavy and well-build lens. Iron and glass - nothing else! But it is born without a hood, which can create flare in some direct-sun situations.

Apart from that, the only weak point of this lens is its indoor abilities. With its minimum distance of 1.5 meter, combined with f4-4.5, indoor shooting is clearly not what it is meant for.

But the minute you step out the door it creates miracles!

Get it if you can!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 201
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.41
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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