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

reviewer#7953 date: Sep-8-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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:Tamron 17-50
Minolta 70-210
price paid:200 USD (used)
negative:No hood hence poor flare control
Hunts, useless indoors
Needs at least 1.5 meters plus to focus correctly
comment:Let's start with the positives. This unit is built like a tank. Sure it's weighty but feel wonderful and steeped in japanese craftsmanship. Has beautiful and warm colors, typical to minolta. It starts to get sharp when stopped down and focus is further from 1.5 mts. Great range for a walkaround lens.

Negatives for me were; auto focus is a bit slow. Flare control is rubbish.

Overall it is a great lens when managed correctly. Not something you can just pick up, shoot and expect great results.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 203
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.41
  • flare control: 3.44
  • overall: 4.42
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