Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by Sean21

reviewer#7036 date: Mar-9-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG
price paid:349 USD used
positive:Very sharp
Nice colors
Good bokeh
Macro mode
negative:MFD
Focusing ring too close to body
comment:After reading all the reviews (especially Kurt Munger's), I started looking for this lens. Shortly after using it I put my Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG Macro on ebay. It is 50g heavier than the Sigma, so not a big change really. I do loose 1 stop but it makes up for it with it's longer range (I dont mind the 4 mm loss on the low end). It is sharp at f4, nice bokeh and colors on my 7D. I bought a 3 stage rubber hood for $7 to take care of the no hood issue. Was my walk around on my a700. I tried it on the a77 and it was fast to lock focus even in video mode. I think it was faster than the 16-50 (in video) but the mic pics up the noise when it focuses.Love this lens on my a900.

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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