Sigma 35-135mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by QuietOC
|QuietOC#26548 date: Apr-10-2016|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony DT 16-105|
Sony DT 18-135 SAM
Minolta AF 28-105
Minolta AF 28-135
Minolta AF 35-105 Original
Minolta AF 35-105 New
Minolta AF 35-200 Xi
|price paid:||19 USD (used)|
|positive:||Good center sharpness throughout range|
Reach (longer than 135 mm at close focus)
55 mm filter threads
|negative:||~1800 mm minimum focus distance (varies with focal length)|
Curved focus plane
Loose push-pull zoom
Minor CA at long end
Sticky Sigma coating at rear of lens
|comment:||This lens has been discussed on this forum before, but I hadn't seen any sample or real reviews of it. I have seen pretty good image quality out of other 35-xx zooms and the from the Sigma 24 mm f/2.8 lens, so I decided to try this one. There are more A-mount lenses than we have currently listed in the database.|
This borrows the lens ID from the Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 lens. It is much smaller than the 28-135, but a good half inch longer than the original Minolta AF 35-105. The A65, A58, and A68 have no problems focusing it.
The 1800 mm minimum focus distance makes the 1500 mm Minoltas seem like close-up lenses. The main focus throw is rather short, but the macro range which can only be engaged at 135 mm has a rather long throw. The brass button which engages the macro mode is small and located in a bit of an awkward location on the top of the barrel.
Color is similarly warm like the Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 original lens. This lens is definitely sharper than the last Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 I had. It has a similarly curved focus plane as the 1988 Minolta AF 35-105 and 24-85 lenses. The Minolta 28-105 and 28-135 lenses are much flatter.