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

reviewer#6242 date: Oct-19-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:28 - 85
price paid:gift with M.9000
positive:Colour
Bokeh
Distorsion
negative:Flare Issue
Weight
comment:One of the Minolta classics and my first lens that came with the Minolta 9000 :)
Okay, getting over sentimentals, back to business: It's a heavy lens and you may get the imperession, that it's a rigid lens, but the interior mechanics is sensitive, especially the diaphragm. You may get used to the focusing ring, which always scratched my finger, but in the 20 using years I got used to it and knew, where to place my hand...
Distorsion is great from 35 to 50 and 70 to 135 mm, in the other parts I observed pincushion distorsion, but not bad ones.
Which was difficult to handle (with the usage of several rolls of film...) was the flare, which tended to ruin some pictures; golden rule: Turn away from the sun...
I liked the range better than the 28-85, which was short some times, it's an ideal walkaround lens, especially if you work on fullframe, diital and/or film.

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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