Minolta Maxxum 28-135mm f4-4.5

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  1. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    After getting the Sigma 300mm, I have gone and purchased a Minolta Maxxum 28-135mm f4-4.5 lens.

    I needed a mid - long focal length zoom (I tend to do most of my shooting between 50-200mm).
    I researched this lens very extensively and was impressed by the reviews.
    Many believe that this lens was co-designed by Leitz for Minolta.

    I think they are right.
    This is the sharpest zoom lenses I have ever had on an SLR (even wide open).

    Anyone with a Maxxum SLR or Sony DSLR should try to find one.

    This lens is worth the money (unlike the overpriced Maxxum 135mm f2.8).
     
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    I've bought two of them and they are indeed stunning! There is a thorough comparison with a Minolta 28-70mm G lens (OK, it's say 10-15 year old design) and a new CZ 24-70mm.

    Here is the linky:

    artaphot.ch - Alpha 900 and four professional zooms @ 70mm

    Yes, maybe the methodology is a bit flawed, BUT that doesn't take from the results as they stand.

    Not bad for a 20+ year-old design with the FIRST EVER AF slr camera. I'm going to sell my second one b/c my "keeper" is in as-new condition, but even when i migrate to FF, i don't need to re-buy lenses as my "stable" is well-filled.

    I'm not sure of a Leitz collaboration b/c i've not seen the Leitz equivalent range lens in their line-up. However, whats to worry? Leitz did/does not have a monopoly on excellent lens design! Use one of these lovely lenses and no doubt to the superlative design of Minolta image designers.

    Incidently, the 28-135mm is also a participant in the color-tonality matching Minolta painstakingly put into all their top-shelf lenses.
     
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    I don't have one either, though it would be most helpful for the ocassional flare.

    I think that petal-hood would do the job nicely though, but i've no experience with it...

    Have you checked out dyxum.com?

    Here is a link to that site's reviews (i've not posted my review yet, but there are like 60 others!)

    Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5 Reviews at Dyxum.com

    I post there as fmajor...

    Enjoy your new glass!
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I read all the reviews on that site before I purchased the lens ... and was one of the reasons I went for it.
     

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