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

reviewer#9029 date: May-15-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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:MAF 50mm f1.4
MAF Beercan
Sony Kit 18-55
price paid:250usd
positive:Sharp
Bokeh
Colors!
Build
negative:Flare (I suppose)
AF Hunts
comment:I was lucky enough to find a mint copy of this lens (with the "Passed" inspection sticker, love that) at a local camera shop. After many recommendations (and a few warnings) for this lens on Dyxum, I picked it up.

First off, great purchase. I've ditched the kit lens, since this essentially fills that gap with a color profile more similar to my other lenses.

MFD is long, as others have commented, but indoors, this has allowed me to get some great candids of my kids, as I've stepped back and zoomed in. It's heavy, but that isn't much of a concern for me.

The colors are beautiful. Warm, detailed, distinct. Its ability to separate subjects from background, and the bokeh of that background are exceptional as well.

For negatives: Chromatic abberration is significant, and my a330 has had difficulty finding and focusing on the correct subject with it.

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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