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

reviewer#8764 date: Mar-9-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 28mm f2.8
Minolta 35mm f2
Minolta 50mm Macro 2.8
Sony/Zeiss 85mm f1.4
Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm f2.8
price paid:450 NZD (used)
positive:Beautiful minolta colours
Fast focussing
Great focal range
Quality materials
Good price
negative:AF clicks on A900
Minimum focus distance
comment:Totally impressive lens. I bought this lens for travel but it has slowly been taking over some of my other lenses. Have even started using if for gigs & it focuses like a champ in low light, and with improvement in ISO technology f4 actually works.

Technically this lens has a lot of 'faults': vignetting, corner softness, distortion... especially when compared to lenses like the CZ85 & 35mm f2. But I've been continually blown away with the unique shots that come out of this lens, the downsides seem to just add to the character and when you look at the whole shot, not just the pixels, it's awesome.

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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