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

reviewer#9676 date: Dec-6-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:28/2.8
35/1.4
50/1.7
100/2.8 Macro
135/2.8
Tamron 70-210/2.8
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness. Resolution. Detail. Color.
negative:Definitely flare-prone. The minimum focusing distance is sometimes annoying. Physically somewhat fragile, so some copies apparently aren't the best.
comment:It's hard to say much that hasn't been said many times already. Yes, it would be nice if it was smaller, lighter, faster, would focus closer, and never flared or showed any distortion.

At the same time, it's already barely short of violating the laws of physics for a zoom with this range to be this sharp, especially one this old. On the other hand, the age barely matters -- if it was brand new today, this would still qualify as an unusually good lens.

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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