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

reviews found: 136    << 1 2 3 4 5
reviewer#993 date: Jul-7-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Min 100 f/2
Min 200 f2.8 HS
Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:
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positive:Sharp from f/4 on. Standard 55 mm filter. Excellent Quality/Price Ratio, built-in hood
negative:A bit soft wide open. Too long for portraits on digital, too short for tele.
comment:I really like this lens on film, but it's a bit of an out-cast on digital, especially now that I have a 200 f/2.8. For the price I paid almost two years ago, though, it's a great steal.
reviewer#899 date: Jun-8-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:
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negative:
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comment:[Note: Performance judged on usage with a full frame camera]

This is lovely lens. It is a very good lens for portraits, as well as for candids. It's sharpness above f:3.5 is excellent. I consider this another must have. It's small, it has a relatively fast AF and it's cheap.
reviewer#871 date: Jun-2-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF85/1.4 G(D)
Minolta AF100/2.8 MACRO
Minolta AF200/2.8 APO TELE
Minolta AF100-300/4.5-5.6 APO
price paid:
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positive:Sharpness
Compact size and light weight
Lens hood
Nice color rendition
Old vintage build
negative:Bokeh(sometime)
comment:It's a great tele-photo lens for the price. I bought 135/2.8 20 years ago for 7000, but it's still working well on 5D.
reviewer#870 date: Jun-2-2006
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:Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 90/2.8 Macro
Minolta 100/2.8 Macro
price paid:
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positive:Fast, sharp, nice bokeh.
negative:
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comment:Sharp even at 2.8, fast, bokeh. Zoom may hunt at low light (not too often though).
reviewer#831 date: May-22-2006
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:
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price paid:
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positive:- sharpness
- compact size
- built-in lens hood
- fast and precise AF
- color redention
- bokeh
negative:- noisy AF
comment:It's one of the best lens I own. It's a real pleasure to take pictures with it and, even if a little bit too long, it's perfect for portraits.

It's also very handy and light, and it's important not to forget this feature when you travel with it.

Maybe an old fashion lens, but razor sharp and capable of stunning results.
reviewer#780 date: May-12-2006
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:100/2
100mm macro
100-200/4.5
70-210 f3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:- Small
- Nice Bokeh
- Lens hood
- Focus Speed
negative:- Difficult MF ring
- not perfect optically
comment:I've already said lots about this lens in the forum, and others have stated most everything worth stating.

The size of the lens is perhaps its best quality. As the last review states though, the 7D isn't exactly tiny. I'd love thos on a 5D!

I love the built in lens hood...I wish every lens had one of these, it is an underrated feature imho. MF is tough on this lens though with the recessed focus ring. Fortunately AF is very, very fast. Unfortonately it's not as 'accurate' as some. To explain: my 100/2 is slower to focus, but locks on in a single go where the 135/2.8 may hunt. I think this is because the 135 has slightly less contrast.

I did find 135mm to be a bit long for people shots, and a bit short for wildlife (hence the zoom in that range). I thought I'd like it over the 100mm length, but it turned out not to be the case. But that's just my shooting style, your mileage may vary.

It's a little bit soft wide open, does show CA around (for example) blown out highlights.

All in all, very, very highly recommended. None of my gripes are serious, and the reputation of the lens as a wicked performer are totally deserved. Pick one up if you have a chance and like the focal length...you'll like it.
reviewer#710 date: Apr-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
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positive:Sharp optical performer
Small and lightweight
Excellent Vintage build
Nice bokeh!
Lens Hood
Quick AF
negative:New resurgence in popularity is raising used price of the lens
Difficult to find
comment:This is, hands down, one of Minolta's sexiest little lenses. I chuckled when I read the "uber sexy" comment by another reviewer, as I can see it's not just me who thinks this.

The 135mm f/2.8 is sharp, fast, well built and unobtrusive, although when attached to a 7D + VC-7D, it's hard to be stealthy! Maybe on a Maxxum 5?

When I used it with my 700si, it was a great portrait lens and provided nice bokeh and color. On the 7D I find fewer uses for it, but it is my 200mm telephoto of choice when required. Mine has the crossed XX's as well.

Good luck finding one, and hopefully pricing will stabilize. I'm seeing them on ebay being bid on for $300+ right now. Ouch!

As an add on, (May 3) on my 7D, I did note a small amount of CA in areas of high contrast when enlarged on the monitor. But hey, it's not an APO lens, and the CA certainly was not distracting in the photo.



reviewer#616 date: Mar-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:- Small and sexy, light!
- Sharp, even wide open.
- Fast too.
- ~200mm equivalent on a 7D.
- DOF scale is present.
- Quick AF, even in low light.
negative:- Lens hood is integrated.

comment:My lens has a large dink on the front element... That's why I only paid 80$ for it. But it never showed on any picture I've taken with it. It is quick to AF, fast and small. It is now a bit long for portrait work, thanks to APS-C size sensors, but very handy when a medium tele is required and lighting is not that great.
reviewer#363 date: Dec-29-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28-135mm 4-4.5, 70-210mm f4
price paid:
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positive:Very sharp all the way from fully open. Smooth bokeh.
negative:Seems to have a problem with severly lowered contrast if the sun is just outside the frame, even with the hood extended. Nothing that a well placed palm won't help, though! (and the whole problem may be due to my sample having a little mark in the front element coating..)
comment:Havent tested it in any organized way, but I feel very confident with my results from the "Pocket 200" after using it a lot both on a 7Film and 5D. I never hesitate with opening up the aperture with regards to sharpness. It's a favourite for tight compositions and isolation of details!

Samples will keep popping up here, click thumbs to navigate and previews to enlarge:
http://kjetil.philosophi.net/gallery/filmstrip_meta.php?image=1&lens=9&EN=1
reviewer#333 date: Dec-23-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:70-210/4
price paid:
missing
positive:- build quality
- light
- sharpness
negative:- slow AF
comment:A pocket size 200/2.8 on my 5D. It is as big as the KIT lens. Very good image quality but too slow AF and not so precise in low light.

Have a look to my detailed review here: http://www.pophouse.it/minoltalenstest/
reviewer#310 date: Dec-21-2005
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:none
price paid:
missing
positive:One of my favorites, on both film and digital.
negative:None
comment:This is an awesome lense and one of the first primes I bought after getting my film 7. Great bokeh and very sharp. I've bought all my lenses used and like them all. Ken
reviewer#209 date: Nov-10-2005
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Canon AF 135/2.8 softfocus. MinAF 200/2.8 original. Tamron SP 90/2.8 Di Macro. Minolta 100/2.8 soft focus, Minolta 85/1.4 G NewRS
price paid:
missing
positive:size, weight, price [mine is a crossed xx version, uber sexy!]
negative:manual focus ring just about unuseable
comment:The pocket rocket. This is a pocket sizes 200mm lens for a 7D or 5D.

Manual focus is pretty much unuseable due to tiny ring size and indented from barrel.

AF is quick and precise (I've read reviews of poor AF! Not so, its solid AF)

BUY IT (if you can find one!)
reviewer#108 date: Sep-10-2005
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:KM 28-75 2.8 D
KM 100 Macro
KM 85 1.4 G D
M STF 135
M 70-210 4
price paid:
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positive:Size! Really Small and Light
Excellent choice as a walk around long tele (200 FOV on 7D)
Blistering Fast AF
Bokeh and Colour very nice
Sharpness also excellent for portrait use.
Excellent Bang for Buck.
negative:It is not as sharp wide open (this is both + and -)

Occasionaly too long for portraits on 7D.
comment:Really nice to use on 7D due to its size and weight. Perfect for candids as no one will expect this small lens to have a 200 FOV.

Small size also makes this an excellent travel tele.

Not as sharp wide open as the 100 Macro (but then what is?) but this means that it works very nicely for portrait applications. Stopped down it has fantastic sharpness.
I feel that its sharpness is very similar to the 28-75 @ its optimal focal length (50mm) - and a fair step up from the 70-210 f4.

Colour and Bokeh is similar to the 100 Macro, and very pleasing watercolour look and makes the subject 'pop' very nicely.

AF is blisteringly fast on this lens due to its IF design. Combined with the MC7 2x TC this lens still focuses very quickly, even in low light.
reviewer#106 date: Sep-10-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Small
light
fast AF
sharp
excellent for portraits
can be found cheap
negative:none
comment:Small, light fast lens. Used it all the time for portraits on my 650si film body. With the 7D it is basically a 200/2.8. This is just one of those lenses I find myself always wanting to use. I seem to prefer the longer focal lengths and tight cropping and this lens is fantastic for that! Also you can't beat the price, especially if you can find one used. AF is super fast and never hunts.

With all my lenses this one is the first I reviewed. It is clearly my favorite.
reviewer#90 date: Jul-9-2005
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 2.0/100
Minolta 2.8/200 APO
Sigma 2.8/90 Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, light, small
Good build and optical quality
Quick and accurate AF
negative:Nothing
comment:I bought it app. 14 years ago, and still consider it one of my favorites that goes everywhere with me. The build-in hood controls the else existing flare very well.

Some softness is visible at f2.8 when using it with the A700 but not with KM7D. This is no issue from f4 onwards.

Much quicker AF than the Sigma 2.8/90 Macro (with limiter) and quicker than Minolta 2.0/100.
reviewer#4 date: Nov-5-2004
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Good since f/4 until f/11, accurate AF
negative:Nothing
comment:A excellent choice in secondhand buy! Shure... 2/100 is better but more expensive and rare on camera's shops.
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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