Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#5379 date: May-13-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105
Sigma 17-70
Min 135/2.8
Min 100/2
Min 50/1.7
Min 35/2
price paid:
missing
positive:Range at long end.
Sharpness, colour.
Smooth Minolta look of images.
Quick focussing.
Price.
negative:Min focus distance.
Flare.
comment:This is a nice alternative to newer lenses, including more expensive ones. It stands up quite well against my Minolta primes at similar apertures on apsc. On full-frame, it gets challenged and the corners start to reveal some softness. (Sharpness is 4 on FF, and 4.5 on apsc). I've had two copies and used it on apsc and full-frame. Nice bokeh at long end. The autofocus is really quick on a700 and a850. The best general purpose range for full-frame out there. It really has a nice, natural, smooth look to the images, but you do need to manage how you shoot it.

It is very prone to flare, and needs to be carefully managed when shooting towards the sun, unless you want flare look, then you've got your baby. The minimum focus distance is long, so it's better suited to outdoor shooting; and it has an interesting macro mode if you need it in a pinch. It is a bit loud as it snaps into focus, which might be an issue at an event where noise was a concern; but no more obtrusive than an SLR shutter snap. It is also a heavy lens and I do feel the weight of it over time – I think particularly because it is front heavy. I don't know why Sony doesn't pick up this formula and modernize it. They'd kill in the full-frame arena.
reviewer#5263 date: Apr-20-2009
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
price paid:250 CHF
positive:Sharpness
Color
Bokeh
Focal Range
Zoom ring
Fast AF
negative:Heavy
MFD
Filter size
Back focus
comment:This is a great all-round lens in my opinion. It focuses fast, although i think that the back-focus is inconvenient even though it allows use of special filters since the front element doesn't rotate.
Sharpness and color are classical Minolta, and I like how the zoom ring locks at both ends of the range.
The macro function I rarely use. I find it better to use a dedicated macro lens.

In all, a recommended all-round lens if you can live with the weight and MFD. In my opinion the IQ easily overcomes those "problems".
reviewer#5239 date: Apr-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big Beercan
Sony 55-200
price paid:$330
positive:-Great Minolta Color
-Very well built
-Fast rear focusing
negative:-None really. I guess its perfomance in low-light. Not too good, but, then again, not what it was made for
comment:Best lens i own, bar none. I just love the color and sharpness of the images this lens produces. This lens is easily worth more than what i paid for. Long live Minolta's legacy
reviewer#5237 date: Apr-14-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Big Beercan
18-70 Sony
100mm Macro Sony
price paid:$350
positive:Hard to take a bad picture with it. Of my favorite 100 pictures, 90% taken with this lens. 3-D quality to the pics. Nice weight, great build quality.

Update. Use it less and less after obtaining 85 mm prime and 35 f2
negative:About 6 ft. minimum focusing distance is the only drawback that I've found.
comment:Used to think this was as good as it gets. Still a great lens but rarely gets used any more. Perfect range for ff
reviewer#5185 date: Apr-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 35-105 f 3.3-4.5 LBC
sony 70300 G SSM
minolta 70-210 f 4 BC
minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 BBC
price paid:357 USD
positive:sharp
color
3-D look
fast
negative:need hood
comment:I glad to have legendary lens now.
Buy it!!!!!!!!!
reviewer#5159 date: Apr-4-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
price paid:400 USD (used)
positive:Sharp sharp sharp!
3-D effect;
fast AF focusing;
build quality

negative:flare;
MFD - 5';
comment:This is a truly amazing lens. I got a used but very rare cross XX copy. It is in mint condition. I have to say it is a non-G-label G lens. Actually the weight is well balanced on my A700, and the MF focus ring is very easily controlled.

I compared the lens to Beercan and it outperformed Beercan in every aspect. I only keep two zoom lenses and this is one of them.
reviewer#5136 date: Apr-1-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50 f 3,5-5,6
Tamron 55-200
Tokina 20-35
KM 70-210
KM 50 f 1,4
price paid:1200 NOK
positive:Very good build
Very good image quality
negative:Some say it is heavy :)
comment:Got this lens used a couple of months ago, and could not be happier.

The zoom action is nice and tight. The focus ring is kind of loose on my copy and it makes a kind of "snap" noise when it starts or stops focusing but that was normal. Focusing is fast and spot on.

I dont mind the minimum focusing distance of this lens. Dont mind the weight either by the way, just adds to the quality feel i guess. I really do like the range 28-135 on my a200.

reviewer#5117 date: Mar-29-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5
price paid:US$280-US$320
positive:Sharpness
Color
macro (1:4)
Build
negative:rare
comment:This is one of my "must get" lens in my collection now the list is finally complete for the 1:4 minolta seriers. Minolta 35-70, 28-85, 35-105, 28-135.
reviewer#5062 date: Mar-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f2.8
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 28-85mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm f4
Minolta 70-210mm f4 "Beercan"
Multiple Minolta Rokkor Manual Focus lenses
price paid:$310 (mint cond.)
positive:Superb colors!!!
Sharp!!!
Fast focusing
Very good contrast
negative:Slight CA present
A bit flare-prone
comment:INITIAL REVIEW:

The 28-135mm is very sharp in the center while losing very little in the corners - exceptional in this regard. While maximum 'sharpness' is from f5.6 through f11. This is not an empirically-derived understanding; rather that i tend to notice the 'sharpest' photos in most all lighting conditions tend toward these 'middle' apertures.

Unlike some lenses which render "cartoon-like", overly-saturated colors these 1st Generation Minolta Maxxum lenses, such as this 28-135mm, render colors which are neither overly saturated/rich or flat.

The lens also exhibits excellent bokeh. The Minolta Legend lives up to the name!!!

The 28-135mm feels like what ALL lenses should feel like - in a word - SOLID. I would appreciate an OEM lens hood, but none exist. I found a nice all-metal hood that works quite well.

This lens is very fast focusing and I also like where the MF ring is placed (close to the body), but when auto-focusing i am careful not to have my finger on it as it spins quite rapidly. This is not because it's painful; rather that i don't want to impede the lens' functioning.

I have also noticed this lens does not "hunt" as frequently for a focus lock in lower light/contrast situations as my other "classic Minolta" lenses.

The MFD is on the long end at ~5ft. This is more of a design limitation and not necessarily a build flaw. The "Build Quality" is superb, it is only the design that is compromised in this one area - small matter given the other strengths.

The lens is susceptible to flare. This can be managed, but it's occasionally present all the same.

While the 28-135mm lens also does not have the official Minolta G-Series designation (with attributes such as constant f2.8 (or wider) aperture, etc., it delivers superb results with a very attractive focal range. It also delivers these results for a very reasonable price.

IMHO, this lens (with the 1st 300mm f2.8 and possibly the 70-210mm f4 "Beercan") is among the 1st G series Minolta AF lens - before the G designation was officially implemented. See the image of the 1st Generation Minolta camera/lenses/flashes brochure in my flickr page (found in my signature) for clarity on this.

Sharp, contrasty images with rich colors are the norm with this incredible lens and it is my go-everywhere lens for travel/work/home use.

This lens is HIGHLY recommended!!!! Don't wait - get one while there are still good samples available.
reviewer#5060 date: Mar-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Whatever....
price paid:can't remember
positive:Built, bokeh, sharp!!!!
negative:
missing
comment:Stop down a little bit and you get synonym for word SHARP!!! Why the heck they don't build lenses like this anymore.
This lens belongs to every Minolta lens collection, it's a living legend!
reviewer#5021 date: Mar-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:AF 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D)
AF 24mm 2,8
AF 28-75mm 2,8 (D)
AF 28-85mm 3,5-4,5
AF 28-135mm 4-4,5
AF 35-105mm 3,5-4,5
AF 50mm 1,7
AF 70-210mm 4
AF 75-300mm 4,5-5,6 1st
Tamron AF 11-18 4,5-5,6
Beroflex 400mm 6,3 1st
price paid:100 € (used)
positive:very sharp
range
very fast AF
solid build
negative:solid build
weight
size
only f4-4,5
min. focus distance
comment:A very sharp lens with a really versatile zoom-range and a good addition to the 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D).
The very fast AF, only very little CA and the warm colors make fun. But only outside... Because of the min. focus distance of 1,5m and the slow f4-4,5 I use this lens only outdoor. There it is a very good performer when you stop down to f5,6.
In my opinion this isn't a „must have“ lens, but a really nice, very good performing, luxury solid one. And this is one of his biggest disadvantages too. The weight is high and it is not really compact. I've bought this lens for low money in good condition with a little axial play at the zoom-ring and I decide to repair this (Thanks to Pete Ganzel). Wow... what an impressing lens construction! The build quality is exceptional. A fine example of a high-quality-full-heavy-metal-lens.
reviewer#4896 date: Feb-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Cosina 19-35/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 70-300/4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 APO II Macro
price paid:150 EUR Used
positive:The build, solid. sharp, color, bokeh. Fast AF - very fast.
negative:It is a little heavy, but I like the balance with my a700. AF ring could burn your hand.
comment:I've had this not for so long. But I do really like it. The colors, bokeh, build - you name it. It is worth every cent I bought it for. My copy is not so sharp at wide open, that's why only 4.5. The flare control is due to the lack of hood, but with a hood mounted it will be a 4. I tend to use it often and I have mounted on my a700, as my everyday lens. It is a keeper, unless I get a hold on a better copy.

Updated: I've two copies now, and I can say that the sharpness is quite impressing. And with the metal hood bought from ebay, the flare control is good.
reviewer#4856 date: Feb-13-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 18-70, Tamron 18-250, 50/1.4, 100-300 APO
price paid:250 USD (used)
positive:Fantastic Colors and contrast!
Decent AF speed
Rather fast
Good zoom range
Build quality is good
negative:Big and heavy
No hood, prone to flare
No wide angle on a crop camera
Hard to use in dark conditions
Focus distance
comment:This is a legendary lens and if used wisely, it produces magic! I used it a lot during my travels, despite it doesn't have a wide end on A200. I think this lens gives the best color and "athmosphere", it is just fantastic! Good for both landscapes and portraits.
There are some negative points, of course - no hood, very heavy, etc. But why should I care? This is a legend, and I am proud to have it!
reviewer#4841 date: Feb-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:DT 18-70
CZ 16-80
DT 18-250
Sony 70-300 G ssm
70-210 F4
price paid:235 (used)
positive:-Dramatic sharpness and color
-Good focal range,specially on FF
-Reasonably fast @135mm (f4.5)for its price,range and IQ
-Decent AF speed both in a200&a700
-Macro feature
-Stunning bokeh (best seen in all the lens i owned)
-Superb built quality
negative:-Weight -but its all metal!!-
-Flare issues
-Contrast could be better
-Minimal focus distance is painfull for small rooms indoors.
-No lens hood (strongly reccomended to atach one)
-Flare issues
comment: I owned this lens for several months.I was really excited with my first impression, having tried till that momment only dt 18-70 and 50 1.7.
Sharpness is very good, but most impressive, is the real -life looking images than this piece of glass can deliver.
Bokeh is simply outstanding.
NOt as sharp as CZ 16-80. But there are two different kind o "sharpness" here.
CZ`s is more "clinical" and resolves -according with the samples I tried both zeiss and Minolta - micro contrast detail.AF 28-135 has a special touch of magic plus neutral yet pretty accurate colors and drama to the pictures,
Relly m theres no much stuff to compare to Af 28-135.Its unique. As CZ 16-80 is ,even people compare it with sony 16-105, another nice lens but different in some points than cz 16-80.
I sold 28-135 to buy 16-80,wich find it useful because the wider end an focus distance.But if i didnt need to sell it i would keep it. Nothing compares to this lens,i overall features.
reviewer#4839 date: Feb-12-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 Minolta
28-70 Tokina 2.8 AT-X
price paid:$275
positive:sharp
built like tank
contrast
negative:no hood
heavy
comment: Lens is very sharp. Has a near 3 dimensional quality with sun behind you. Color is excellent, built like a mortar shell. Wonderful lens. Rubber hood works well on it.
reviewer#4838 date: Feb-11-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 16-80mm
minolta 28mm f/2.0
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 200mm HS G
Minolta 80-200 HS G
price paid:340 USD Mint-
positive:Sharp!
built like a tank
good focal length on a900
fast focus speed.
negative:flare
min. focus distance
little heavy
comment:Wow Wow and wow.

This lens is indeed very sharp between 28 - 100mm range.

Color is very good but I find contrast is little too much.

amazing on full frame body.

around f/8 everything is sharp corner to corner.


reviewer#4822 date: Feb-8-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm f/4
Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
price paid:110 €
positive:Sharpness
Build
Range
negative:Weight/Build
Flare
No dedicated lens hood
Chromatic aberration
comment:This lens seems to be, just like the beercan, a minolta-legend.
I think it's a bit overhyped, but that doesn't mean this is a bad lens.
Not at all, it has a good range (except there's no wide angle on aps-c). The colours are beautiful, nice contrast. The macro-mode on 28mm can be very useful. Bokeh is very nice, especially at 135mm.

The sharpness is oke, at least a aps-c. On full frame it seems the corners are a bit soft. In good light conditions the lens performs stopped down t 5.6/8 very good! But in less light I don't find this lens useful.

Don't forget this lens is very heavy! The focus is pretty fast on my A200. Never tested it on other cams.
Because there is no dedicated lens hood there is a lot of flare visible at 28mm! So get yourself also a lens hood when you buy this lens!
reviewer#4665 date: Jan-10-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70 F4
price paid:125
positive:Sharp
Fast AF
Build
negative:No Lenshood
Noisy AF
Strange MF
Macro at 28mm!
comment:WHat is to ssay about to say about this lense?!
It performs great that is for sure.
Drawbacks for me is the backfocus design wich makes it strange/hard to manual focus.
Mine is very noisy when AF but it's AF speed is very fatst (Warning: don't touch the focus ring as it moves at great speed!)
I bought a cheap flowerpad hood for it wich helps a bit against flare (don't know if there is a normal minolta style hood for it...is there a Hood database? Wich hood fits wich lens?)
Macro switch is useless as it's at 28mm and the strange focus ring position doesn't help either!
reviewer#4551 date: Dec-16-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 50 f1,7
price paid:
missing
positive:28-135mm range is outstanding on a quality glass like this.
negative:Need service. I can of course complain because there is no hood, on the other hand it's up to me to utilize the potential this tools gives me.
comment:I used this lens on A-100 and A-700 and she never gave me any whoo experience. On the A-900 it is a total different ballgame. She outperform the Minolta 50 1,7 by far, and the picture she gives me is so sharp that it hurts. Actually all Minolta glass shines on the A-900 which is logically because a full frame is what they where built for.
reviewer#4459 date: Dec-1-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF24-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF24-105D F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-105N F3.5-4.5
Sigma AF18-200 F3.5-6.3
Sigma AF17-70 F2.8-4.5
price paid:Bought used
positive:Razor sharp
Fast autofocus
negative:Heavy
Long minimum focús distance
comment:This lens made me reconsider previously made reviews of fairly good lenses for a simple man like myself. Lenses that I used to think were very sharp are now degraded a notch in my book. I had to edit all other reviews setting the Minolta AF28-135 F4-4.5 as the reference in regard to sharpness, color and build quality.

This lens is extremely sharp - and has surprisingly fast autofocus that easily outperform the focus speed of my new lenses.

Pictures in general come out better with this lens than virtually all other lenses that I've have or used to have.
This lens is simply superb - it's a keeper for all times to come.

Flare is not a big problem as you easily can see them in the lens.

It does have some drawbacks - be careful with distortion in some cases as well as slightly reduzed contrast, but when looking at these razor-sharp images and the colors I completely ignore the fact that it's very heavy and that you must take a step backwards to focus.
reviewer#4298 date: Oct-28-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4
Minolta 24/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Build quality
Good colours
Fast AF
negative:Heavy!
Minimum focus distance!
comment:I manage to get hold on a good lens on Ebay. The only thing with the lens is that when it is at 28mm position it kind of "wiggles". This disappears as soon as I move the zoom just a milimeter or two.

This is the lens I use most.
reviewer#4213 date: Oct-11-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:18-70
100-200 f/4.5
Beercan
Minolta primes - 24, 35, 50, 100, 135.
Various tamron/sigma zooms
price paid:Ł200 near mint
positive:Great walkabout range
Mega quality build
Amazing colours
Quick (rear) Autofocus
Sharp!
negative:Too slow for indoors - without flash
Minimum focus distance is poor.
comment:I didn't expect this to be so good. I just sold my 100-200 Minolta because the range was less than ideal and bought this instead. As an outdoor zoom it is ideal. Not that big and heavy - just properly made!

Sharp enough throught the zoom range wide open. CA not a problem. Distortion not a problem. Colours are outstanding - as good as the 85 1.4 and better than the 100-200 or beercan I think.

What a unit this lens is! Worth a lot more than I paid.

p.s. It is a little slow for lowlight but the onboard flash (A700) seems to work very well with this lens. It does not cast big shadows and the colours come up well using flash.

Highly recommended!!
reviewer#4195 date: Oct-9-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-105 F4-5.6 IF,
Minolta 70-210 F4
price paid:Ł190 (mint)
positive:Great performance right through range, built like a tank
negative:Flare, built like a tank
comment:Great quality, great results but very heavy.

I didn't use this lens much on aps-c, I had shorter and longer options and 28-135 didn't really cut it in utility terms. On full-frame it becomes genuinely useful.
reviewer#4106 date: Sep-18-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M50/1.7 & 2.8
Beercan
T17-50/2.8
M20/2.8
price paid:200 USD (used)
positive:Heavy ...i like it
Build is great, all metal
optic is great, all glass
great range - 28-135
Fast rear AF
IF..i like it
Sharp image
Standard 72mm ring
negative:minimum focus distance is 1.5m?????
Loud AF sound
comment:Build like a tank and heavy... some may dislike it but i like it. It give you more steady holding the len.

Image produced is sharp and the AF is fast. Wish that Sony build more len with rear focusing.

Good for outdoor walk around len but not good for indoor as minimum focus distance is 1.5m. If the MFD is 0.5m Then this is a great len.

if you found 1 is decent price , go and grab it. Good len.
reviewer#4051 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan 70-210/4
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 24/2.8
price paid:300 USD (mint)
positive:+ Sharp
+ Minolta Colors
+ Build Quality
+ Fast AF
+ Bokeh
negative:- Flare
- CA even if stopped down to f11
comment:I found a practically unused lens. The flare control and CA is a joke for a lens with this reputation. Flares can be tamed with an aftermarket hood but this stops you from using a filter to protect that delicate glass.

However, in the right conditions, this is probably one of the best lenses ever made.
reviewer#3862 date: Jul-17-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MinO 28 f/2.8
MinO 35-70 f/4
MinO 50 f/1.7
MinO 70-210 f/4
price paid:275 USD (used
positive:Sharpness
Bokeh
Color
Heft
Glass
negative:I didn't get one sooner
comment:I just got this lens and I must say, I am excited with the results. Definately sharper than any of the Primes and pretty close to the Beercan @ f/4.5. Though the 135 f/2.8 was alot sharper at f/8 and beyond, I was surprised that the bokeh was a little bit harsher than the 28-135.

Since this is the DAY 1 TEST MODE, I will update as I get more familiar with this glass.

I am very happy with this lens and am surprised that I was able to pick up a Crossed x version for so little money.

reviewer#3856 date: Jul-15-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-105
28-85
80-200
price paid:300€
positive:built quality
control (focus, zoom, macro)
negative:autofocus speed
no hood usable
comment:***I'm still working on the review***

I'm not sotisfied as others from this lens and I will do much more tests in the future. This review will reflect the development of my ideas

1) For me, focus with this lens is problematic. Manual or auto, it is much harder than with the 35-105 or with the 80-200 2.8

2) I love the macro, the BLUE macro function of the classic Minolta lens

3) I love color

4) I dont love the contrast or the definition. Still to understand if there is a problem with mine
reviewer#3855 date: Jul-15-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-250mm, Minolta 28-85mm, Minolta 100-200mm, Beercan, 35-70mm, 50mm
price paid:185 USD (used)
positive:1) SHARP

2) Build quality (tank-like)

3) Shows good taste

negative:1) HEAVY!

2) Looooonnng

3) A bit slow on the focusing

4) Hunts in low light
comment:A real beauty! Sharp as many primes throughout the range and almost no distortion. Images more than usable wide-open. Stopped down to f/7-8 it is almost as sharp as my 50mm....


however, holding this lens back is the sheer SIZE of the thing. It is such a limited range (for the size), it feels almost silly carrying it around. It hurts your neck and cramps your wrist if used for any real amount of time. Even my super-thick neck strap feels strained when walking with this on. For the $$$, there is nothing even approaching this lens. Buy it, save it. It'll probably skyrocket in value when the FF gets going.
reviewer#3780 date: Jul-2-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 35mm f/2
Minolta 70-210 f/4
Minolta 135 f/2.8
Sigma 20-40 f2.8
price paid:200
positive:Sharp
BEAUTIFULY colors
GREAT range
negative:Everything needs to be about 5 feet away... Min Focusing Distance is awful.
comment:This lens would be perfect if it focused closer. The colors are incredible... And these lenses are built very well.
reviewer#3733 date: Jun-18-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:275.00USD
positive:Sharpness
Amazing Colors
Sharpness
Build
Bokeh
Macro
G-like performance
Good Price
negative:NONE that negate IQ
comment: This lens is capable of unbelievable photos. For the price, it is the best performing lens one can buy. IQ is G-like. Does have a weight issue and is prone to flare, but these issues don't overshadow the lens performance. I have read others reviews of this lens being soft and slow to focus and I cannot stress HOW STRONGLY THAT HAS NOT BEEN MY EXPERIENCE. This lens focuses faster that any of my other lenses, and is tack sharp stopped down. I think I got lucky and got a great copy.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 197
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.43
  • flare control: 3.46
  • overall: 4.42

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