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

reviewer#26539 date: Mar-29-2016
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75/2.8
Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6
price paid:180 usd
positive:Great focal lenghts
looks good
macro mode
negative:manual focus ring
minimal focus distance
comment:It's nothing special, I dunno where come all that buzz with this lens. It's sharp, but that's this weird oldschool digital sharpness that nowadays looks just meh. The AF system is fast but not acurate at all so it usually goes from one side to another, it's just not made for small corrections, that are very desirable when you use AF. And manual focusing in this lens is just a horror. The focus ring is small and it's placed in the beginning of the lens, near the mount - so using it is almost impossible cuz it's hard to balance your camera when you hold it this way. Also with full open aperture it's not sharp on the edges. I only love those focal lenghts which on full frame camera are very useful. It's even pretty dark for 4.5, yeah that lens was big disapointment.

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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