Ok, no more nasty mail about why I haven’t completed the Minolta 135/2.8 review that I started about six months ago! Note to self; don’t mention inventory and plans until time permits!
The relatively small and light-weight Minolta AF 135mm F/2.8 turned in a very good performance for a twenty-plus year old lens. Getting a good copy for under $300 would be a steal, and a nice addition to a prime lovers bag of goodies. On an APS-C camera, this lens is similar to a 200mm F/2.8 lens for full frame.
Look for the mini-comp I did with the Sony 70-400mm using the Sony A580.
Earning high marks are: distortion control; it’s flat on full frame and APS-C; center sharpness, here F/2.8 shows a surprising amount of detail, (although there is some veiling haze and color fringing), and light fall-off: very little on full frame at F/2.8.