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

reviewer#8848 date: Mar-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35-70 F4 Baby Beercan
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 Big Beercan
price paid:IDR 2.750.000 (used)
Minolta Colors!
Build like a tank
Fast and accurate focus
Nice odd range
Macro switch
No hood
negative:Flare, but it is normal
CA, easy, no big deal
Macro @28mm
No Hood
comment:The Minolta "Secret Handshake" is the honorary name known internationally for this epic lens. In Indonesia and few other south east asia, people call this lens "Zeiss Killer". Both deserve its name.

Sharp all range, Definitely Minolta Colors, fast focus, good for low light, and built like a tank. You can kill a person with it. :D

F*ck the flare and CA. Flare is normal in all lenses, and you can sometimes include it in your composition. CA is easily avoided using good filter.

The range is perfect for travelling. Heavy? Well, compare this to the Big Beercan, it is not a big deal. The tank build paid off.

Talk about the macro mode, this lens sure have one like the baby beercan, but @28mm, thus, make the area wide. For me, it fits more to close up human portrait and other large object with nice bokeh than shooting ant.

And about the hood, well, the only thing about hood is, it boost the appearance of a lens, make it looks more beautiful. Sure, it help fighting flaring sometimes, but your hands are better flare wall. Oh, and about the appearance btw, this lens doesn't need it. Its shape is manly enough.
No need to bother mount and unmount hood anymore when you want to shoot.
Few people dislike it. I dunno why, but you can use a rubber hood if you want.

It flaws, yes. But the combination somehow make the pictures produced from this lens almost looks like magic. Believe me. Leave your creative style at 0 0 0 and feel the "From the mind of Minolta".

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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