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

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reviewer#3665 date: Jun-3-2008
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:Sony 70-200 f2.8 G
Sony 100mm macro
price paid:150 eur (used)
positive:Lightweight, fast, cheap, sharp
negative:None
comment:A lovely lens, very useful for portraits of kids.
On APS-C sensor it will be a nice 200mm equivalent.
Autofocus is pretty fast, sharpness very good, even at f2.8. It won't beat the 100mm macro or 70-200mm f2.8 G, but those are a league of their own in sharpness.

This lens is wonderfully small for a f2.8 / 135mm lens. So it is easy to walk around with. If you can find one at a decent price, get it, you won't be disappointed
reviewer#3642 date: May-28-2008
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:Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
price paid:50.00 USD (used)
positive:Unbelievable Bokah
IQ Crisp
Color, Color, Color
negative:Slight Flare with hood extended.
comment:Just picked up this lens today with the other primes up top. I got these 3 lenses and a Beercan for $125.00. Glad to say I pulled off over 200 pictures with these lenses today and I am very happy. Shot about half in RAW and the other half in JPG, just to see what kind of color and noise I would get. The 28 was good but the 50 was better and the 135 was out of this world. I decided to shoot the beach bunnies with this one and I was not disapointed. I got some really nice shots of the seagulls fighting for food.

The Beercan was damaged so I didn't get to shoot it today. I will do that tomorrow as I just took it apart and fixed the forward barrel problem. Thank you, Pete Ganzel, for the great info on the Beer Baby.

Didn't have any issues with Flare or viginetting with the sun at my back but a little when I got off to the side. Nice to have a built in hood.

Minolta colors were all there.
reviewer#3461 date: Apr-13-2008
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- colors
- sharpness
- size
- bokeh
- built-in hood
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#3439 date: Apr-7-2008
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:Nikon 135mm f/2.8 AIS, Nikon 70-200mm AF-S f/2.8, Minolta 100-200mm AF f/4.5, Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 APO G, Tokina 100-300mm f/4
price paid:$290 (near mint)
positive:superb color rendition
very sharp
good build quality
fast AF
compact
light weight
built-in hood
negative:nothing significant
comment:Sharp wide open, very sharp from f/4. It can rival my Nikon 70-200mm AF-S for sharpness when stopped down. One of the few lenses that can keep up with the resolution of the higher resolution Alpha cameras, and it's really only bested by the Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO G, Tokina 100-300mm f/4, and the Zeiss 135mm f/1.8. Each of those lenses is slightly sharper, but not any better for color, focus speed, or build quality. This 135mm pocket rocket has the typical amazing Minolta color rendition, and wonderful tonality. Autofocus speed isn't quite as fast as some modern silent wave motors, but it's still very fast and I've never missed a shot for it. Of course, I would prefer a larger manual focus ring, but this hasn't been a problem so far. Flare is seldom a problem when the built-in lens hood is used. I have yet to notice any significant chromatic aberration with this lens, but I rarely shoot at f/2.8. Solid build that can take a few hits. Relatively easy to find used 55mm Minolta filters for this lens. For a more flexible and less expensive alternative, get the Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5, which is not as sharp at 135mm, but just as compact with great Minolta colors.
reviewer#3425 date: Apr-3-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:- Tam 90
- Beercan
- 200 HS
price paid:€ 225,-
positive:- small and light,
- beautifull colours,
- sharp,
- solid build
negative:- focus ring
- bit of flare when using 2.8
- focys distance
comment:This is really a nice lens to work with. Like it a lot. Not that much to say...when you have the change to get one, just do it, you can't go wrong with this one.
reviewer#3410 date: Mar-29-2008
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:km 100 2.8, sigma 70-200 2.8,km 28-135, sigma 28-70 2.8
price paid:300 USD
positive:af speed,light,sharp,built in hood
negative:
missing
comment:great lens for kids, portraits and action shots. I like the length as it enables you to catch them unawares
reviewer#3344 date: Mar-7-2008
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:100/2.8 macro, 100/2.8 soft, 28/2.8, 50/1.4, 70-210 beercan, 75-300, kit
price paid:220 usd used
positive:Image quality, speed, retractable lenshood, not too big/heavy, well build, oof
negative:little too long
comment:Superb image quality, beautiful oof, high speed focusing and bright lens, very useful retractable lenshood,
For its bright pretty small and light, very well build.

2-3 time cheaper than 100mm (macro, soft, 2.0) and more usefull - however on some situations to long focal length (200mm on ASP-C)

After few weeks of comparing to 100mm f2.8 macro and 100mm f2.8 soft I can say that 135mm is my most beloved. Although it is a little bit too long, it is compact, good iq (incl. bokeh) has fast AF and is much cheaper.

hard to find (mine is Maxxum with crossed x's)
reviewer#3184 date: Jan-15-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:50mm 1.7, 18-70 kit, 100-200 4.5
price paid:300 USD (used ex+)
positive:Bokeh!!!
negative:Built in lens hood.
comment:This lens is incredible for portrait work! The only drawback is the distance factor. I sold it to get some other gear and am already thinking about buying another...if I can find one.

Just plain old BEAUTIFUL images from this lens. The only tough part is learning how to use it to its potential (wide open for portraits at higher shutter speeds whenever handheld because the amplification of movement from longer focal length).
reviewer#2911 date: Nov-6-2007
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:100mm f2.8
100mm f2.8 soft focus
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp, high quality color, build.
negative:none
comment:Excelent, excelent....
reviewer#2873 date: Oct-26-2007
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:24-85 f3.5-4.5 RS
24 f2.8
50 f1.7
28-75 f2.8
price paid:200 € (USED)
positive:- Just great!
negative:- Colors a bit too hot sometimes
- Narrow focus ring
comment:This is a hard to find, but great lens that I will never sell.
Beautiful bokey!
Very sharp from f/4, a bit softer at f2.8 but it is what you require for portraiture.
The minimal focusing distance is a bit long.
reviewer#2785 date: Sep-27-2007
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:Tamron 90 Di
Minolta 100 F2
Minolta 100 F2.8 Macro D
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Small size
Sharp
Nice bokeh
negative:Built in hood is nice, but flimsy
comment:Good lens. Very contrasty in enough light. 2.8 makes it pretty fast, but needs stopping down for ultimate sharpness.
reviewer#2539 date: Jul-11-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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:70-210/4 beercan.
price paid:200 euro (used)
positive:Good build, sharp, small and light, fast AF.
negative:CA wide open,
comment:My copy took a fall with one of the former owners, some rubmarks on the front element and filterthread damaged.
Points given as if it was in new state.
reviewer#2436 date: Jun-11-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:200 euo
positive:- colors
- sharpness
- size
- bokeh
- built-in hood
negative:- narrow focus ring
comment:Very good lens, especially I like color rendering.

Excellent portrait lens on film cameras and also on digital`s, mainly outdoors.
reviewer#2430 date: Jun-9-2007
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 f/2.8 macro
price paid:135 USD (used)
positive:compact size
solid build
extremely sharp
pleasing bokeh
negative:minimum focus isn't close enough
comment:This lens is amazingly sharp and renders pleasing bokeh in most situations where I've used it. If you need a long portrait lens and don't have the budget to get the 135mm Zeiss or STF, this is your lens. Focusing is fast with this lens. Colors are, well, Minolta colors are awesome!
reviewer#2399 date: Jun-1-2007
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:Canon 135 F2.8 SF.
price paid:100 UK
positive:Sharp and fast, comapct and light
negative:Front element coating soft, scratches easily beware . Poor focus ring . availability
comment:A bit sharper wide open than the equally cheap canon 135mm F2.8 Softfocus but not as nice a lens handling wise, like most Minolta lenses it has a thin hard focus ring which is unusual on a tele prime even a short one. Optically the lens sings right from the widest aperture and the bokeh is very nice indeed.. one thing to beware of is the front element, the coating seems soft and the three I've seen have had scratches there. AF is fast enough.
reviewer#2327 date: May-19-2007
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:50mm f1.4
85mm f1.4 G
100mm f2.0
80-200mm f2.8G
price paid:$250AUD (used)
positive:Small, sharp, quick AF & cheap.
negative:MF ring and lens hood
comment:I purchased this lens about 6 years ago to go with my Dynax 9 and never used it. 135mm on film seemed so 'in between' until I got my 7D and as a 200mm f2.8 is great. The AF is quick enough, it's small, light and very sharp. The lens hood is comical as are most early Minolta AF's; it's not deep enough to really shade anything and if it gets a good bump it's stuck there for ever. My 100mm f2.0 has a bayonet hood that is much better. While we only have an APS chip to work with the 135mm is a bargain, but once we get the much speculated full frame the 135mm will go back to being 'in between' again. It's not as sharp or as fast as the 100mm f2.0 but as a short tele at 200mm (1.5 crop) it holds its own.
reviewer#2325 date: May-19-2007
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:- KM 100-200
- Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:89 GBP
positive:- Sharp
- Reasonable fast
- Reasonable fast focus
- Built in hood
negative:- Need to extend hood to MF
comment:Fantastic lens. If you find one under 100 pounds - buy it. Over that price, personally I would not do it. Unless you need the fast f2.8, I would buy the much cheaper underrated KM 100-200 or buy a beer can.
MF ring could have been built better.
Wish it focus point was closer by!
reviewer#2245 date: May-2-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 APO
Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:Ł120 (2nd hand)
positive:Sharp
200mm 2.8 on digital
Portrait lens on film
Very compact, very lightweight
Cheap!
Good hood design - you can't lose it.
Very fast AF.
negative:Hood does rattle a little bit.
Tiny MF ring which can't be used unless you extend the hood.
comment:Very, very sharp towards the centre and seems to go well with my shooting style. Have never shot landscapes with it so can't comment on sharpness of outer regions. AF is very fast. Never noticed too much in the way of CAs. Very good value.

I have to say, if I had Ł700 though, I'd definately like a look at the Zeiss 1.8, just because I love this focal length so much.
reviewer#1956 date: Mar-12-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:This is an upgrade from my Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 The 135mm blows this other guy away when comparing focusing speeds and image quality (controls chromatic aberration a lot more than the superzoom).
price paid:$145 used on eBay
positive:I use this on my 7D for all my sports stuff. It's a 200mm f/2.8 equivalent. It's pretty fast on focusing and works great for outdoor sports.
negative:Its focusing isn't as quick or accurate (hunting) as my KM 28-75 f/2.8. The focusing ring is tiny!
comment:I'd definitely get this lens if you are looking for a little bit higher quality sports lens but can't afford a fast zoom.
reviewer#1891 date: Feb-24-2007
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:Min 100-200 f 4.5
Min 24-85 f 3.5-4.5
price paid:210 € (mint)
positive:Sharp wide open, fast AF, good colours, lightweight
negative:Nothing except one might wish for closer focusing
comment:I cannot compare this lens to the more expensive and heavier tele primes or zooms (which I don't own) but compared to my other lenses this lens is brillant. Sharp wide open, nice colours, fast AF. For its size and weight the lens is hard to beat. Its main limitations are the focal length (some might want either longer or shorter on digital) and the minimal focusing distance (1m). (And of course it's no STF.)
reviewer#1779 date: Feb-7-2007
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:100/2 200/2.8
price paid:98€
positive:Light, fast AF, cheap
negative:non
comment:This is a great lens, small, light and fast AF and useble wide open.
I sold mine becouse heavy competition from 100/2, so I almost never used it.
reviewer#1651 date: Jan-13-2007
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:100mm f2
70-210 f4
200 f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:beautiful color and very good sharpness.
Very good for portraits
negative:slowish Af
bokeh shape
relative softness wide open
some CA wide open
comment:This is a superb lens. Its not as sharp as the 100 f2, which must be one of the sharpest lenses there is, but this lens is very sharp from f4, and has very good natural color. Very small size. Seems more manageable and easy to use than the 200 2.8 on digital. It was also superb on film. Sharper with better colors than the beercan.

I havnt really tested it for flare yet. If I find anything new I will adjust the review.


reviewer#1647 date: Jan-13-2007
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50/1.7
24/2.8
70-210/4
24-85/3.5-4.5
24-50/4
35-70/4
kit
price paid:125 USD
positive:built in hood is great
negative:Wish it would focus a little closer
comment:Called a shop across the street from where my wife works and they said they would let it go for 125. Had her pic it up on the way to meet me at a holiday party and was quite pleased when she handed it too me... absolutely in like new condition!!! What an experience to snap on such a small lens and look through the vf to get such a tele view!!! Got great candid portraits throughout the course of the party and was absolutely blown away when I reviewed them on the computer.

Without a doubt, the best bang for my buck to date!!!
reviewer#1645 date: Jan-12-2007
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$200
positive:-great color
-very sharp
-fast AF
-small/compact
negative:none for the price
comment:after using it i no longer use the beercan or the 70-210/3-5-4.5 lenses. It's a great lens with nice colors and goes perfectly with a 1.4x TC.
reviewer#1644 date: Jan-12-2007
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 85/1.4 Orig, Minolta 85/1.4 GD, Minolta 50/1.7 RS
price paid:250 USD
positive:Very sharp, well built but small not heavy, nice bokeh wide open, stopped down it's nice if there are no circular highlights.
negative:Iris shaped highlight bokeh very clearly trapezoidal when stopped down. I find the minimum focal distance a little too long.
comment:Even though I got a discount I think I overpaid a tad since the the filter ring has a dent in it (it should be a DIY project - let's see). Sofar I am impressed with the IQ, the AF is pretty fast but sometimes it does hunt although it does find the focus, as opposed to some lenses that hunt and then give up. I like the IQ also when used in conjunction with a 1.4x TC, makes a nice 200mm/4. I might consider getting rid of my beercan.
reviewer#1557 date: Dec-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:100 2.8 Macro.
price paid:$185 USD
positive:-Very fast focus ( impressive)
-Very light weight
-Sharp Sharp Sharp even wide open
- all metal barrel.. nice build quality
negative:wish the barrel can be a little larger for better handling and better look.

1.5X crop factor makes the lens a little too long for portriat sometimes... But it's still acceptable. .
comment:Bought this lens little more than 6 months ago on ebay. Paid only 185 USD. This is one of the best purchase I ever made. A very good lens for stage shooting.
reviewer#1448 date: Nov-20-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Tam 90 Mac Di, 200/2.8
price paid:$240
positive:Small, fast, light, and sharp
negative:built is a tad flimsy, not quite as good as shorter primes. Maybe it is just the hood?
comment:What a wonderful little lens. Compact and sharp, great choice for indoor sports or outdoor portraits.
reviewer#1368 date: Oct-31-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tokina 28-70 ATX Pro; Minolta 80-200xi Power Zoom; Sigma 75-300 APO.
price paid:Ł180 used
positive:Seems to make all my photos look good! Shows real class. Excellent detail.Light and compact.Built in lens hood.Fast AF.
negative:I should have discovered this lens years ago.
comment: I went into my local, friendly camera shop (Philip's in Norwich if you live in the U.K.) to look for used short fast prime lens. Philip let me try a Minolta 28mm 2.8 which was O.K.. He then suggested I borrow a 135 2.8 for a while, saying that it was special. I had not researched this lens at all -had not read Dyxum Reviews. Anyway after ten minutes or so of trying the lens,I decided to trust my judgement and bought the lens for Ł80. Now after reading these reviews...I'm still smiling!
reviewer#1285 date: Oct-6-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:Very sharp
Built-in hood
Nice color
Very small
Fast AF
Good price
negative:
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comment:
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reviewer#1197 date: Sep-17-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm F4
Tamron 90mm F2.8
price paid:
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positive:it is small but sturdy, and my sample can be used wide open with a slight loss of sharpness compared to stopped down performance
negative:I really can not come with anything negative, it is a good lens that performs nicely on digital
comment:for me this is a nice lens when trying to get different perspective on a subject that was already "covered" by some other focal length, or a zoom lens

it is very usefull for portraits and street candids as well

a nice lens
reviews found: 136    << 1 2 3 4 5 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • 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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