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  • Minolta Maxxum Dynax AF 135mm 2.8 lens fits all Minolta Maxxum/Dynax AF SLR/DLR cameras and Sony Alpha A-Mount DSLR/DSLT cameras
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Minolta Maxxum Dynax AF 135mm 2.8 lens fits all Minolta Maxxum/Dynax AF SLR/DLR cameras and Sony Alpha A-Mount DSLR/DSLT cameras

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Minolta
  • Model: 25561
  • Lens Type: telephoto
  • Focus Type: auto-focus

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • ASIN: B004F9J350
  • Item model number: 25561
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 5, 2010

Product Description

The Minolta Maxxum 135mm f/2.8 is one of the rarest of regular prime lenses in the Minolta line up. Production began in 1985; While the 135mm is certainly a fine lens, I think the short supply also contributes to the lens' used price tag today. How would such a great lens be in such limited supply? To coincide with the introduction of the Minolta AF system in 1985, besides releasing many very nice prime lenses, Minolta engineered an attractive, affordable and fine performing line of telephoto zoom lenses, specifically the 28-135mm f/4-4.5, 100-200mm f/4.5 and the Beercan (70-210mm f/4) that offer coverage of 135mm. Consumers of the day were smitten with the convenience (and relatively good optical performance) of these three zooms and as a result, the 135mm's sat in display cases gathering dust, or requiring special order due to lack of interest. The 135mm became an early and tragic casualty of the success of telephoto zoom marketing and acceptance in the 1980's when it was ultimately discontinued. But I digress! The Maxxum 135mm lens is a very unique lens from the original vintage line up. What struck me initially when I first got one was how small it was. I'd seen photos of it, but lack of scale and the extreme close up nature of the average lens pic led me to perceive that this lens was fairly big, perhaps like a 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. Was I mistaken! (see my photo below) The 135mm lens is about the size of two stacked 28mm f/2.8 or 50mm lenses. The front element opens up to 55mm to essentially occupy the entire front of the lens. A convenient and sturdy built-in retractable hood extends about a half inch beyond the glass to prevent lens flare. Those familiar with the integrated hoods on the vintage 50mm's and 28mm's would appreciate this design improvement on the 135mm! With all that glass and vintage metal build, the lens feels solid and weighs in at a hefty 390g, or just under one pound. Quite heavy for such a small package.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pasquale on December 24, 2013
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My 135mm f/2.8 arrived promptly and was in excellent (beautiful even) condition. It focuses very rapidly even in poor light, near instant. I tested it indoors for center sharpness using a tripod and flash, focusing manually with the camera's focus assist. **Very** sharp lens. Using autofocus, it seemed to focus a little beyond where it was pointed. I believe this is correctable via camera body settings and will edit this review after (a) shooting it outdoors in strong lighting and (b) fooling with camera adjustments.
EDIT 2014-01-23. Using my newly arrived A99 (full frame sensor) I tested this 135/2.8 lens all over again. All photos are shot with flash and a tripod, at f/2.8. Test setup: 4 LaCrosse BC700 boxes about 12 feet from the lens front element, at lens height, at right angles to the camera, edge on, with the "Features" side (lots of ~10 pitch print, good contrast) toward the camera, with the two center boxes pushed together (this is the surface on which I focus). The third, leftmost box is first 5" then 2-1/2" closer to the lens than the pair of center boxes. The fourth, rightmost box is the same distance behind the center pair of boxes as the leftmost is in front. Both are about 1" away from the center boxes.
First, no microadjustment. My lens on autofocus, focuses ~2-1/2 inches behind the object focused on, under these circumstances, period. YMMV.
Next, various microadjustment settings: -8 causes the lens to focus where you want it to, quite consistently. I did not verify whether -7 or -8 might be best.
Curious note: manual focus was also "off" w/o microadjustment, and spot on with microadjustment. ALL THIS IF I used the highlighting and focus peaking features but not the focus magnifier - duh, these depend on the **camera** detecting perfect focus.
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