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

reviewer#8948 date: Apr-19-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:17-35 f2.8-4
24-85 f2.8-4
35-105 f4-4.5
Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro
price paid:200 GBP
Secret Handshake 'look'
comment:My copy of this lens has a few minor marks on the front element but nothing serious enough to adversely impact image quality.

It's heavy, has a minimum focussing distance longer than a football field, noticeable distortion, dark corners and a comedy macro mode. But I love it more than any other lens in my collection.

On my A900 I 'get it' now. In terms of sharpness it knocks the 35-105 and 24-85 into a cocked hat (my 35-105 has never been especially sharp but my 24-85 is stellar). The distortion and vignetting are easily corrected in LightRoom with a suitable lens profile. The colours are wonderful and the secret handshake magic is there in abundance, it's impossible to describe exactly *what* it is but it's there.

I can't think of better walk around lens for full frame, my 35-105 is totally redundant now and will soon be heading for eBay.

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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