Minolta AF 135mm F2.8 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#6272 date: Oct-25-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 200 G HS
Sigma 105 2.8 ex dg macro
Minolta 85 1.4 G RS
price paid:250€
positive:sharp from 2.8
bokeh
light weight and compact
fast and near silent af
build in hood
all metal
negative:non
comment:I own this lens since 3 Months. This lens has on both sensor sizes a very useful range. It's build like a tank and still extremely light weight and compact. The AF is very fast accurate and nearly silent. It's sharp from 2.8 onwards - even on the A900. I can highly recommend this lens for FF.
reviewer#6122 date: Sep-27-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:50/1.7
Beercan
28/2.8
35-70/3.5-4.5
18-70 KIT
price paid:325 USD (Mint)
positive:Sharpest lens I ever had, great vivid colors, light weight, compact.
negative:135MM
comment:I hated to part with it but could not find much use for it. Though when you had room to back up there is no sharper lens than this for me and the colors just jump out at you. I had to sell to get something more usable like the 28-135 4-4.5 it gives me more versatility and the same great colors and just as sharp images however heavier than the 135 I will manage. Also sold my 50/1.7 28/2.8 to get a Tamron 17-50/2.8 which just arrived the other day so now I am left with the Beercan, 28-135 and the T 17-50. I will pick up the Tamron 18-250 for out doors when I am not looking to take any special or as important pics.
reviewer#6121 date: Sep-26-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 28-135
price paid:240 € (mint)
positive:Size
Sharp
Colours
Bokeh!!
Built in hood (albeit flimsy)
Fast AF
negative:MFD (1 m)
Tiny focus ring
Noisy AF
comment:Razor sharp stopped down to F4. Beautiful Minolta colours and creamy bokeh.
I rated the build 4 because the focus ring is nearly unusable - if you prefer mostly AF, this might be a minor issue.
Otherwise this little gem is a solid construction.
reviewer#6095 date: Sep-21-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Sony 135 STF
Minolta 200 APO G
price paid:200€ (used)
positive:Color, small size
negative:
missing
comment:Normally I take this lens with me when traveling light (2 primes) or when using two bodies (film and digital). It fits nicely in the bag without adding much weight, this one Sony should bring back.
reviewer#6059 date: Sep-16-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 90mm F2.8 Macro
Beercan
price paid:315 USD
positive:Great color
Very sharp
Beautiful bokeh
negative:Lens hood is a bit awkward
CA at F2.8
comment:This lens is a beauty, inside and out. It's a touch long on an APS-C camera, but I still use it for portraits on occasion. Color is typically great for Minolta, and it's pretty sharp unless it's wide open. Also, I get a decent amount of CA at F2.8. I think the focal range would be more useful on a full frame, so even though I don't use it too often I have no plans to get rid of it.
reviewer#6038 date: Sep-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 100/2.8 Macro
Beercan
price paid:30 GBP (used)
positive:Sharp
Colour rendition
Bokeh
Fast to focus
Almost 3D quality to pictures
Compact size
55mm filter
negative:The negs are hardly worth mentioning:
- Sometimes wish MFD was less
- Slightly long on APS-C
- Tiny, tiny little bit of CA
comment:I'm rediscovering this lens as a long portrait shooter allowing me to take candids of our baby boy at range - the 135mm was a great performer on the KM5D and remains so on the A700.

reviewer#5984 date: Sep-4-2009
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 90mm f/2.8, Sigma 70-300mm DL, Minolta 100-300mm xi, Minolta 70-210mm f/4
price paid:90 USD (used)
positive:Compact, very sharp, nice color, great bokeh, fast as portrait lens, relativly fast AF, common 55mm filter thread
negative:none
comment:This a winner lens for me. I got lucky in local consigment store picking good copy for $90. Lens is very sharp, produces nice color, bokeh is beautiful. It's compact and very well built (metal housing). I like built-in hood for outdoors. This is my N1 favorite lens currently.
reviewer#5937 date: Aug-30-2009
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:M35-105
Beercan
Sony 75-300
price paid:280 USD
positive:SHarp
Fast
Small
Price
negative:Some Color Fringing
comment:(Edited)
What a great lens! Small, Sharp from f/2.8, dangerously sharp from f/4. I did micro adjust on this lens on the a850 & found it had been front focussing slightly. Now it is like a new lens. Sharp all the way through. It is an amazingly small fast, sharp 135mm!
AF is very quick & usually spot on.
Bokeh is lovely also & the Usual Minolta colors.
Love this lens
reviewer#5810 date: Aug-5-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:MinO 50/1.7
MinO 70-210/4
MinO 100-200/4.5
price paid:200 CAD (used)
positive:-Light & Compact
-Sharp wide open
-Fast AF
-Built in hood
-Solid build
negative:-a bit long on aps-c
-focus ring has no feel
-MFD
comment:Found this one in the basement of a used camera shop, gathering dust (I would compare the place to a scrapyard for cars).

I really like this one. It's sharp even wide open, fast, has nice colors. Focal length is kinda weird for aps-c sized sensor... too long for portraits, too short for telephoto.

That said, this is an awesome lens to have, or at least to try out. Fast, light, all-metal mid telephoto, really unobtrusive for street photo !

reviewer#5746 date: Jul-23-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:nothing
price paid:400
positive:Sharp
bokeh
color
fast focus
negative:Bokeh
comment:The bokeh sometimes is not as good as what I want (not really smooth).
My version is crossed Xx version.
I sold this lens right after I bought the Minolta 100mm F2!
reviewer#5717 date: Jul-17-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:CZJ Sonnar 135
Beercan
Minolta 28-85
Minolta 35-105
CZJ Flektogon 35mm 2.4
SMC Takumar 55 f1.8
CZ 85mm
price paid:L160
positive:Sharp
Lovely colours
Fast
Smooth bokeh
negative:Awkward focal length at times.
Purple fringing
comment:I've had this lens about a month now and I absolutely love it. It's great for portraits of the kids as they don't notice you so much although 135mm is a slightly awkward length on an APS-C camera sometimes. I absolutely love the results though. It's really good at seperating subject and background in portraits. The colours are beautiful and it's super sharp. The overall look reminds me of the beercan but a bit "cleaner" if you know what I mean. I've read below criticism of the bokeh but it's been lovely and smooth in the shots I've taken. On the downside, it does suffer from purple fringing at times quite badly so despite its superb colour rendition under normal circumstances, I've given it a four.
Not desperately cheap but worth every penny and definitely a keeper for me. Now if only I could afford that MinO 85mm prime...

FF Update: it's a more useful length on FF. Comments pretty much as above although I'd add that it's very fast at focusing compared to some other screw lenses.
reviewer#5604 date: Jun-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 Beercan AF 70-210 1:4
Minolta AF 35-70 1:4
Minota AF 50 1:1.7
Sony (Kit) AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:eur 307
positive:light
fast
sharp
bokeh
colours
negative:price/availability
Lens hood doesn't pull evenly

I had to pawn my left kidney to pay for it ;o)
comment:When I bought this I acquired the worst ever lens you could ever imagine. Totally unsharp, slow focusing, noisy... but that was a Sigma 24-70 lens that came as part of the package that included this baby.

My Minolta AF 135 F2.8 came out of the delivery carton, and went immediately into testing... with unbelievable results. Despite a miserable overcast day, this took amazingly clear and sharp pictures so vividly that you'd have had no idea that the sun wasn't shining. I switched on continuous shutter, and had my 3 year old son run up and down the garden. The focus was fast and true, the colours vivid, the object sharp and the bokeh unbelievable. The lens was simply spot on.

Indoors the story was much the same. Without flash, the results looked great and far less dull than I could see with my own eyes. With the flash mounted, the results were even better.

I have a 50mm 1.7 (actually I currently have 3 of these) and despite being slightly faster, and in themselves a legend of sharpness and colour able to hold their own against pretty much anything, still don't quite have what this one has.

I also love my beercan and forgive it for weighing so much and being a pig to carry around. Until delivery yesterday I loved my beercan almost as much as I love my wife and child. Today I will file for 70-210 divorce...

This lens has everything to die for. I only have it a 24 hours and am in love... The only drawback is that it is not as flexible as a zoom. Despite that I suspect already that this is going to be my new walkabout lens.

But think of this like you think about the impracticalities of owning a Ferrari when comparing to owning a prime like this. They may be impractical in many situations, but put it in its element and it will simply blow you away.

The only thing I don't like is the lens hood, which itself is OK, but doesn't pull evenly out easily. Hence the lower build rating.

If you can find one, and afford it, it is worth it. I paid Eur 307 for this 135mm bundled together with a Dynax 515i, Minolta 50mm 1.7, a Sigma 24-70 and a bunch of filters all in excellent condition. When I've ebayed the other 2 lenses I expect the real cost to be closer to Eur 200, but even at Eur 300 for a good example is IMHO a fair price for this second hand piece of glass.

reviewer#5442 date: May-24-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar T*
- Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM G
- Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (Beercan)
- Minolta 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO
price paid:
missing
positive:- Small & Light
- Speed
- Excellent Sharpness
- Color Produced
negative:- Only available 2nd hand
comment:
missing
reviewer#5441 date: May-24-2009
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:-Very small and light.
-Extremely sharp, even wide open
-Bokeh.
-Colors and contrasts
-Price (even "overpriced" on ebay, this lens is every penny worth)
negative:Nothing.
comment:I've always found tele lenses annoying due to the size and weight, so i wanted this one as a high quality fast tele and I have no regrets. This little guy is nothing but a true miracle when it comes to IQ and design. A high quality f/2,8 tele, that will fit into your pocket. What more could anyone wish for? This lens is as sharp as af fixed 50 mm - just longer. Do i miss the zoom? Not really... you always tend to shot a tele at the longest settting anyway. My beercan was great, but this one's got the right size, weight and speed.
reviewer#5425 date: May-21-2009
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:Minolta 100mm Macro F2.8
Minolta 28-135mm F4.0-4.5 XX's Crossed
Minolta 135mm F2.8
Minolta 70-210mm F4.0
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm F4.0
Sigma 35-135mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-300mm APO F4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:400 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#5260 date: Apr-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm /1.7
Minolta 50mm /2.8
Minolta 85mm /1.4
Sigma 24mm /1.8
price paid:280 USD (USED)
positive:Light
Very fast AF
solid build
Optic is glass
negative:aperture blade is not round.
noisy AF.
comment:I get this lens from dyxumer.. It is a great lens. Light, Fast AF and solid build. Love it on every aspect.

The thing that i like most is the AF is as fast as 50 mm/1.7. I hope that my 85/1.4 has similar AF speed.

This lens is best for traveling.

The only negative point that i have on this lens is... the aperture blade is not round and the AF is noisy. Hope that Sony can rebuild this lens with circular aperture blade and SSM.
reviewer#5075 date: Mar-22-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
tamron 70-200mm F2.8
price paid:250 € (good cond.)
positive:- sharp
- small and light
- really fast focus
negative:- almost unusable focus ring
- purple fringing.
- not so perfect bokeh
comment:This is a very sharp and fast lens with excellent resolution figures but something bother me about it:

It's a 135mm lens so it's a portrait lens basically... but for such a lens I personally find the bokeh mediocre and the purple fringing quite obnoxious. Colors are perfect ( minolta classic ) but I was rather shocked to see that I preferred the portrait rendition of the softer and slower beercan than that of this glass. The beercan and the Tamron tend to have softer looking results with more buttery bokeh thus giving an overall better portrait rendition.

Non-the-less it remains an excellent lens which can be the perfect concert companion on APS-C. Being able to shoot wide open and having this amount of details is simply amazing !

Built quality is ok, outer shell is good plastic and the built-in hood is nice and practical. The lens is small and light and a pleasure to use (a sort of wolf in sheep's clothing). The only thing that bothers me is the focus ring which is waaay to small to be used seriously.
reviewer#5011 date: Mar-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:Sony 18-250 @135mm, Minolta 70-210 beercan @135mm. This len is reasonable sharp at f2.8 , @f4, this len outpeform the other two at f8.
price paid:
missing
positive:Well built and compact
negative:Built in hood really not much use , too short..
comment:Compact and not heavy. Both color and sharpness is very very good. I don't have Sony zeiss 135mm f1.8 len to compare, but I think in term of compact , weight and price, this len is far more cost effective than the Zeiss.

Any A mount user want to have a 135mm len should consider this len be owned.
Unfortunately, this len may suffer a foggy len problem of its rear len part. The len will becomes yellowish foggy and hence all the photos will becomes low contrast and cannot render real black. This problem may due to aged len components chemical change reaction.Not sure

So buyer of used copy of this len should well check it before purchase.
reviewer#4966 date: Mar-5-2009
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:Min 70-210 f4 beercan
Sig 135-400 f4.5/5.6 Apo
price paid:Ł129 (mint)
positive:Razor Sharp
Compact Size
Good AF speed
f2.8 aperture
Bokeh
Nice colours
Weight
negative:Don't make 'em anymore
Hard to find
Nowt else
comment:Wow, excellent lens, when I say sharp I mean sharp, not owned G glass before so can't compare it to that but it would make an excellent emergency razor its that sharp!! Its also nice and compact, quick AF speed and the f2.8 aperture is a big plus, on APS-C you've effectively got a 200mm F2.8!!
The bokeh is also nice and creamy.
Its IQ is marginally better than the beercan at like for like apertures although you obviously don't have a zoom facility on the 135/2.8, it is significantly better than the sigma unless the sigma is about 2 stops lower, still beats the sigma for colours and bokeh. If you can get one please do, it won't disappoint in the slightest. Excellent addition to any lens collection.
reviewer#4723 date: Jan-21-2009
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:Tokina AT-X Pro 100 f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact size
Well built
Very Sharp
Beautiful bokeh
Nice color
negative:Not as fast as I prefer in low light.
Very hard to come by.
comment:This lens is unbelievably sharp even wide open. I guess I'll only part with it if I get a CZ 135 f1.8, until then this will be one of my fav. :)
reviewer#4661 date: Jan-9-2009
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:70-210 4.0 beercan
200 2.8 HS G
price paid:175 CAD
positive:very sharp
nice bokeh
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#4264 date: Oct-20-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 f3.5-45
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Minolta 70-210 f4.0
Cosina/Vivitar 100mm f3.5 macro
price paid:In trade
positive:Small, fairly lite weight great build, useful built in hood, fast aperture. sharp throughout aperture range.
negative:manual focus ring useless, can hunt at close focus. Some purple fringing wide open, but not bad. really should be capable of closer focus, but then it would probably be a macro

price
comment:This lens is incredible, probably the sharpest one I own. focus is fast at longer focus distance and it is accurate. Color saturation is the best of any lens I've tried. very sharp wide open and dangerously sharp stopped down. It's small so it is more discreet than a Beercan or other long zoom. Prices for this lens have become silly. It is sharper than the Plastic Fantastic Cosina 100mm macro and the color is much better, it's also 3X the price; build is much better but of course the 135 isn't macro.

Back in the 80's this focal length was a short film telephoto that was manufactured and sold under every brand name at reasonable prices. On ASP-C it really comes into it's own giving an angle of view the same as a 200mm lens.

This lens really should have been as common as the 50mm f1.7 so prices would stay lower, then everyone could have one.
reviewer#4161 date: Sep-30-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G D
Pentax Takumar 135mm f/3.5 (M42)
Beercan
price paid:Ł200 mint
positive:Awesome sharp 3D picture quality stopped down
Fabulous colours & contrast
Perfect bokeh - IMO
Stealthy like a ninja warrior
negative:Autofocus over-eager at distance
comment:Bargain pocket rocket capable of stunning pictures.
It's tiny, light, inconspicuous, very sharp by f/4 and being 135mm it easily produces 3d pictures with melting bokeh.
Liquid colour and contrast a match for the faster 85 at a third of the price.
Flare not a problem for me.

Cute hood works well.
AF is very fast on A700 but can miss the mark occasionally, especially with distant objects wide open.

Minimum focus distance disappointing, but, like, whatever.

All in all, my favourite Minolta prime lens
reviewer#3998 date: Aug-25-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:SONY 18-70
Minolta 75-300
Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 28-105
Tamron 24-135
price paid:200 €
positive:Very Sharp (steped down)
Excelent Bokeh (the best i have)
Very Good Low light performance
Worth every Euro i paid for it
negative:135mm not so good on digital (personal opinion)
Ocasional Flare if not carefull
comment:The best lens i have from IQ point of view.
Love the Bokeh.
Not so sharp at 2.8 but stoped down to 4 it´s razor sharp.
reviewer#3865 date: Jul-20-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Beercan
price paid:Borrowed
positive:Compact
Light
Built-in hood
Sharp
negative:Small focusing ring
Inconsistent sharpness
comment:A very pleasing lens to use.

Rated sharpness 4 for inconsistent results, may be due to the camera, I can't say for sure. I do get some impressive results at f/2.8 times to times.

Flare control seems excellent as I've often been shooting with harsh lights around (against the sun...) with no trouble.

Distortion is not noticeable.

Built quality is good although the barrel is made of plastic. The built-in hood is a nice feature. It's made of plastic and slides easily. The focus ring is hard to get to, although I usually don't have problems with AF.

Color rated 4 because of obvious purple/green fringing when wide-open.

The compact size of the lens allows it to be carried just like a kit-lens. It makes it a good choice for street photography and candid shots.
Low-light portraits can be challenging (f/2.8 is not that wide an aperture) but great results can be achieved with reasonable expectations and if pixel-peeping is set aside by pushing up the ISO.
reviewer#3839 date: Jul-11-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:35/f2, 50/4.17, beercan, 200/f2.8 APO, 100/f2, 28-135
price paid:
missing
positive:Small! Quite sharp. Small. Quite fast. Built in hood. Affordable. Did I mention small?
negative:Difficult to get one.
comment:I had it over a year, and it was a favourite. Looking back, the flare is actually very well managed (better than 28-135 by a stretch). Holds up well next to 100/f2 but not as sharp and not quite the same sense of three-dimensional depth.

If you can find one of these, the are really a nice outdoor portrait, telephoto and indoor event lens, for not much money. The beauty of it is it's diminutive size, with built in/sliding hood. It's so easy to take along, and complements a mid-range zoom very well. Highly recommended.
reviewer#3785 date: Jul-2-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- 85 1.4
- 100 2.0
- 200 2.8
price paid:175 Euro
positive:- Small
- Wel built
- great colours
- great sharpnes from 3.5
negative:- nothing I can think of
comment:I think this is a great lens. I own this lens for 2 years now. Liked in on my A100. Love it on my A700 and the A850. Superb little lens!!!

This is great value for money. It's a handy little lens with big quality. The 85 1.4 and the 100 2.0 are three times more expensive, but not three times better.

Perhaps there are a lot of these avalable, so he price is really low.

Great one! I love it! Get one!
reviewer#3781 date: Jul-2-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 28-135 f/4
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 35mm f/2
Minolta 70-210 f/4
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
Sigma 20-40 f2.8
price paid:300
positive:Sharp!
TINY lens
negative:None
comment:While this lens isn't SUPER sharp at f/2.8, if you step it down one or two notches it is incredibly sharp. The colors are great, the build is great, and on a digital camera it is a 200mm f/2.8 that isn't that much bigger than a 50mm...
Excellent for shooting portraits.
reviewer#3738 date: Jun-19-2008
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135mm at 135mm
Minolta 70-210mm at 135mm
price paid:300
positive:Sharp
Amazing Colour
Bokeh
Small size
light weight
build-in hood
negative:a bit soft at wide open(which lens doesn't?)
hard to operate the focusing ring due to the "blockage" of the build-in hood
comment:I've done a simple comparison with minolta 28-135mm & bearcan 70-210 at 135mm. The 135mm f2.8 (with f2.8) can beat these two legendary zoom lens in any aperture, even at f8.

The bokeh and colour is just amazing. The size and weight is also unbeatable, a must have travelling portrait lens. It is noteworthy that the focal length of this lens will become (135*1.5)200mm on APS-C.


reviewer#3729 date: Jun-17-2008
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:min 200mm f2.8
min 50mm f3.5 macro
price paid:Ł135 [used]
positive:very sharp
colours
contrast
bokeh
size
negative:hood
comment:love this lens now,when i first acquired this lens it stayed in my bag most of the time. now i use it on a regular basis.this is a fantastic lense
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 136
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.68
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.45
  • overall: 4.73

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