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

reviewer#6396 date: Nov-16-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:35-70mm f4
50mm Macro
price paid:266 USD
positive:Acceptably sharp wide open
Good colors
Built like a tank
Useful Macro MFD
negative:CA until f8
Average flare control
No standard hood
Annoying creep from 50mm onward
Long MFD
comment:Another old lens that seems somewhat over-hyped nowadays (similar to the Beercan IMHO). For full frame users this lens does indeed offer great walk-around coverage and performs admirably despite its aged design. However, on APS-C that range is less ideal, and on digital in general the design faults start to show up.

This lens is NOT super sharp wide open, and I expect any comparisons being made to some of the higher end primes are superlative. What IS remarkable is the level of corner sharpness. Stopping this lens down to f8 gives an incredibly sharp picture throughout the frame, and CA disappears by then too. Shoot in fair weather to truly appreciate the IQ of this lens.

Kurt Munger remarked that Sony could toss digital glass, SSM and a G badge on this lens and it would sell sell sell. I beg to differ, seeing as this lens is both heavy and not very fast. At this price, full frame users aren't going to find anything better, and APS-C users won't complain too much either. Personally, I would like a see a new Sony lens based on this design and zoom range, with the same center and edge sharpness at a constant f2.8 apeture, with SSM and a reduced MFD. Then Sony could justifying putting on the G badge, and jacking the price way up to the $1000 level.

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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