Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens review by halloj151

reviewer#10858 date: Jan-17-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.2
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105/3,5-4,5 Original
24-85/3,5-4,5
35-70/4
price paid:150 Euro (used)
positive:Sharpness
Colors
Bokeh
negative:Flare
No lens shade
Heavy!!
A bit fragile with big, unprotected front element.
comment:This has been my favorite lens since I bought it 5 or 6 years ago. Loved it on my 7D and love it even more on my a850! It has its limitations with flare and does not like to be directed straight into the sun and the MFD can be annoying but use it with awareness of its limitations and you will be greatly rewarded! Ill keep this lens as long as Im still with Sony.
I have resently bought the 35-105 Original version and this gives very similar image quality. The range of the 28-135 is more useful though so for this reason the 28-135 will probably be my most used lens further on also. But as a travelling lens or on days when I want a little less weight to carry, the 35-105 might be used instead. When I want to be sure of quality though, the 28-135 will rule (together with my 85/1.4).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 192
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.43
  • flare control: 3.45
  • overall: 4.43
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