Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro RS A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11663 date: Feb-1-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 35mm f2
Min 50mm 1.7
Min 85mm 1.4
Min 200mm 2.8
Min 400mm 4.5
price paid:350.00
positive:Sharpness, Color, Light weight
negative:None
comment:This lens is as sharp as they come in the center with great color, the most amazing thing about this lens is its sweet spot witch is between f2.8 to f11, when it comes down to macro its the best lens I have ever used or seen hands down, the Min-35mm f2 beats it a bit corner to corner but is sharper than the Min 200mm f2.8 or 400mm f4.5 center to the corners. This lens will never leave the bag, Heck it may be the best lens Minolta ever made!!!
reviewer#11626 date: Jan-22-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:350
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:
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reviewer#11556 date: Dec-24-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 1.4, Tamron 28-75 2.8, Tamron 70-200 2.8, Minolta 135 2.8.
price paid:bought as lot
positive:This is an extremely sharp lense. The bokeh is almost dream like.
negative:Purple fringing, and slow focus for non macro shots.
comment:The slow focus can be expected for a macro. The purple fringing can be corrected in Lightroom. The sharpness coupled with the beautiful bokeh makes for stunning shots. This was my favorite lense with film. With digital it shows it's age a bit, but I still get amazing shots when using it. Shots I could never get with my zooms!!
reviewer#11054 date: Apr-19-2013
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF:
70-210mm F4
50mm Macro F2.8
35mm F2.0 RS
price paid:330 USD
positive:AF is accurate
Saturation
Color
Sharpness
Build
1:1 Working distance
negative:AF is noisy
Focus ring too minimal
comment:Simply the best lens I have owned. Feels very solid. The AF is not slow on the RS version with the Sony a850. The colors, saturation and sharpness are better than the much-hyped 35mm F2.0.

If you are deciding between the 50mm macro and 100mm, I own both and recommend the 100mm. They can both create a 1:1 image, but the working distance of the 100mm allows you to get really close to those scary subjects. To create a 1:1 image with the 50mm, you must be only inches away from the subject.

Something to consider if you use extension tubes: With 68mm of tubes, the 100mm can roughly achieve 2:1, but the 50mm can achieve 3:1. However, the working distance with the 100 is still reasonable, where the 50 is now shadowing / scaring away the subject.

With a flash and small soft box in standard position, lighting is perfect for 1:1 or 2:1 work. This would not be possible with the 50 because the subject is too close to the lens and well below the flash.

On a crop sensor body, this lens would only get better for macro work.

Makes a decent portrait lens too.

Well worth the $300-400.
reviewer#11013 date: Apr-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT macro
Minolta AF 50mm f1.7
price paid:$CA370
positive:Versatile
Value for money
Sharp at infinity
Built to last
Circular aperture
negative:Slow AF like all macro
Some purple fringing
comment:If you're considering any macro and/or a prime in this range, this is the lens to own. Usable wide open, razor sharp from f4.0 onwards and sharp at infinity (something the Sony 30mm wasnt). This is now my go-to lens for portrait work as well as macro. Tele-macro working distance is especially useful when chasing bees and spiders.

As the 100mm Macro f2.8 family are optically the same from the original , RS, (D) to the current Sony version, so my comments are applicable to any of them.

The negatives are really nit-picking. Using focus limiter really speeds up AF performance & fringing is easily cured in post processing.
My only regret is not buying it sooner!
reviewer#10724 date: Nov-23-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 mm 1.7 with extension tubes
price paid:250 Euro
positive:Sharp
Working distance
Contrast
Colors
Build
negative:Can't think of anything
comment:Great lens, very easy to work with and beautifull results. Got a mint example for what I believe is a bargain price. Much more convenient in use than a non macro lens with tubes. I find the focusing works well, limiter and hold button are very handy. And manual focussing on the A77 is no problem! Absolutely recommended!
reviewer#9707 date: Dec-20-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness
Color
1:1
All !
negative:Nothing, except some AF hunting (but it is a macro!)
comment:A friend gives it to me few months ago.
I really like this lens.
Originally, I wanted to test macro, but I am not good for that kind of photo. So I used it for portraiture and it is so good ! The sharpness and the color are amazing

Maybe later I will try again to use it for macro.
reviewer#9385 date: Sep-3-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100 2.8 Macro old/beercan version
price paid:290€
positive:Good heavens, the sharpness!
And the colors!
negative:Absolutely nothing.
comment:Nothing to say about this lens that hasn't been said.
I'm only posting since I had the chance to briefly - and sadly not side by side - had the chance to compare the old and the new model. I had the old model for a few days when I got the chance to exchange it fro the new one at the same price. I didn't regret my choice.
The Focus-Hold button is useful, especially on the SLTs where it gives you the extra option to trigger depth of field preview.
The focus is faster and less of a noisy battery drainer. It feels handier too.
However, images with the old macro were a tad more "amazing" - it's hardly tangible but lies in a combination of colors and sharpness. It's minimal - I can't rule out I had better light that day.
And between absolutely amazing and a tad better in a clumsier package I found it easy to choose.
reviewer#8896 date: Apr-9-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:High quality, low weight and price!
reviewer#7602 date: Jun-24-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85mm f1.4
Minolta 80-200mm APO G
Minolta Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Good sharpness at wide open.
Great sharpness one stop down and on.
Great distance for macro work.
Good color rendition.
Good bokeh... Not as good as 85mm bokeh, but still quality..
negative:Slow AF for regular use.
comment:Great lens... Not that hard to find on the used market.. Great macro, good portrait (some may say too sharp, but that's a nice problem to have)
reviewer#7359 date: Apr-26-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:378USD Used
positive:Build
Colors
Bokeh
Working distance
1:1
Sharp
negative:Af could be faster
Noisy AF
comment:
missing
reviewer#7161 date: Mar-26-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 50mm macro (old)
Tamron 90 macro 172E
price paid:
missing
positive:Working distance
Contrast
Colors
Build
negative:Noisy AF (compared to Tamron)
comment:I didn't make direct comparison tests, but will endorse TomekG's observations.

Sigma colors look more precise, but Minolta colors just look 'better', so to speak.

The working distance is way better than with Sigma 50mm (of course) or Tamron 90mm (surprise). That's a great advantage if you're shooting insects and/or using extension tubes and/or a TC.

Is it worth the price difference? well... compared to:
> Sigma 50mm: yes if you want to shoot insects. All macro lenses are sharp, and working distance is more important.
For coins or copy-work, 50mm may be a more reasonable option.

> Tamron 90mm: yes if you want better colors and working distance (not that Tammy is bad!). Otherwise, it depends on the price difference.

Also consider if you're going to double it for general use (50mm), portrait (90/100mm), or exclusively macro (subject?).
reviewer#7158 date: Mar-25-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpest macro lens I have used. Faster focusing compared to Tamron 90mm, which is great when there's a need to use AF.
negative:Rare lens, almost impossible to find the RS version.
comment:I bought the Sony 50mm macro lens first, but unsatisfied with the short focal length, I went on to buy the Tamron 90mm. Both are great lenses, but I had a deal for the Minolta 100mm RS lens and I just have to buy it to try.

Sold my Tamron 90mm immediately. Kept my 50mm for portrait shots though.
reviewer#6683 date: Jan-5-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Minolta 70-210 f/4
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:Perfect image quality, true 1:1 macro ability, sharp wide open, built like a tank.
negative:Slow focus (though this is common for macro lenses).
comment:When I say "perfect image quality," I mean just that - perfect image quality. What you see through your viewfinder is the exact image this lens will capture. There are no soft corners, no strange colors, no distortion. This lens is built to last - my copy has a lot of cosmetic wear on the barrel, but the lens performs like it's fresh out of the box. I've heard this is one of the best lenses Minolta ever made and, after using it for the past few months, I understand why.
reviewer#6506 date: Dec-2-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:* Sigma 50 macro old
* Tamron 90 macro
price paid:
missing
positive:+ sharpness
+ color
+ contrast
+ distance from subject
negative:- sharpness at f16-f32 worse than competition
comment:This is macro lens, so I tested mainly macro capabilities.
Summarize:

BOKEH:
Good . Uniform, but visible one side outlines at ~2.8, but very slight - not bad. Choosing the background you should be more careful than in the case of typical portrait lens. I think Tamron has better bokeh.

COLOR:
Great. A bit warm "minolta color", but saturation is high.
Better than warm and flat Tamron, and better than good sigma.
Sigma was more neutral but less saturated.

And MACRO:
First - DISTANCE from front of lens (not from sensor - useless parameter) is huge - way better than Tamron 90 and ofc 50mm Sigma. Even using AF Novoflex bellows (max) with full set of rings (set of Soligor), distance from subject is about same as normal 1:1 with sigma.
So, for macro photographer most important thing is sharpness at high F-stops. It is not strong point of Minolta 100 macro. But DOF at f16 is not shallower than f22 in Sigma (here does matter huge distance from object).
So:
Sharpness (and CA):
f2.8 1.minolta(CA+) 2.sigma 3.tamron (CA++)
f11 1.minolta 2.tamron 3.sigma
f16 1.sigma 2.tamron and minolta equal
f22 1.sigma 2.tamron 3.minolta
f32* 1.tamron 2.minolta

*(sigma max is f22)

Minolta 100 macro is great macro lens.
Is one of the best lens to insect shooting (regard distance and pleasing color retention).


Sorry for different subject for Minolta, but I don't have earlier subject (1-2 year time difference between pictures - but the same body).
Other samples:
reviewer#6491 date: Nov-30-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 90 F2.8 Di
price paid:500 USD (used)
positive:Extremely sharp and nice color
negative:None
comment:The minolta 100mm macro is sharper than the Tamron 90. I owned the Tamron, but after borrowing my friend's minolta 100mm and did a comparison test, I sold off the Tamron. Bokeh from the minolta looks better than the Tamron as well.

No regrets about selling the Tamron for this lens
reviewer#6480 date: Nov-27-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:320 GBP Mint
positive:Everything
negative:Expensive
comment:You get what you pay for. Superb lens
reviewer#6360 date: Nov-10-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 24-70
Sony 16-105 Kit lens
Sony 16mm fisheye
price paid:489 US used
positive:New to macro but really loving the results from this recent purchase. Bokeh is gorgeous.
negative:None, though it wasn't cheap.
comment:Got this from Ian Hobday off eBay. Certainly not cheap but the lens is pretty much 'as new' so I'm more than happy with the purchase. I'm still learning to drive it but have suddenly found I really enjoy getting up close and personal with my subject. Real close and personal. A worthy addition to my kit bag.
reviewer#6356 date: Nov-10-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:CZ16-80/f3.5-4.5
SAL70200G SSM
price paid:454 USD (used, mint
positive:Compact, light, very sharp, great image quality.
negative:(minor)
Skinny focus ring.
Sometimes hunts a bit.
comment:Beautiful lens to use. Gets in really close, producing razor sharp focus, amazing detail, rich colours, creamy Bokeh. As with all Macros, depth of field is greatly dictated by aperture. If the subject is moving in the breeze while using it hand held outdoors, the auto-focus sometimes judders a bit getting a fix on the target, but overall a brilliant lens that does exactly what it's designed to do, and extremely well. The fact that it has basically carried over unchanged since 1986 but for cosmetic details (and the addition of D lens capability) is a real tribute to the original design.
reviewer#6139 date: Sep-29-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:80-200mm 2,8 APO G HS, Nikkor 105 Micro 2,8 VR
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, accurecy, build quality, bokeh, colors
negative:None!
comment:This is one of the best lenses ever! Sharpness is amazing; lens is light and handles very well!
reviewer#5213 date: Apr-12-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 50/1.7
price paid:349 USD (used)
positive:another sharp lens.
negative:none.
comment:Got this baby from bh, couldn't be happier.
reviewer#4785 date: Feb-1-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony - AF 100 F2.8 Macro
Minolta - AF 35-70 F4
price paid:266 euro
positive:nice balance fitted
beautifull rich colours
creamy bokeh
sharp (as it should be)
negative:'bonking' autofocus
comment:Bought this lens at a bargainprice, before prices started to increase. It was my first real macrolens.
Love the magnification and it is sharp as a razor. Flare is not an issue, didn't have the hood, never missed it though. Didn't like the af, like stated it was 'bonking', could feel the power of it, wasn't smooth.
Had a lot of fun hunting down insects in my garden. Performs great as a portraitlens. Sold it due to an offer I couldn't refuse and regretted that untill the purchase of the Sony.
I do think prices are overrated at the moment (>400 euro).
reviewer#3395 date: Mar-24-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300 € aprox. USED
positive:SHARPNESS, min. focus distance
negative:a bit slow
comment:
missing
reviewer#3315 date: Feb-28-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90
Minolta 100 f/2
Minolta 135 f/2.8
price paid:430 USD (used)
positive:Nice working distance
Sharp
Colors
negative:Build
comment:The minolta 100mm macro can't be beat. Not even the Tamron is quite as good IMO. Macro images are extremely sharp and full of color, detail and contrast. Bokeh is good to, although not as good as the 100 F2. Focus ring could be a little bigger if you like to manually focus during macro photography (I do!). I only use this lens for macros so the low light hunting doesn't bother me because of 100% manual focusing.

Build gets a 4 because my focus ring froze completely during normal use. It doesn't get lower than 4 because I've not heard of this happening to anyone else.
reviewer#3060 date: Dec-10-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm macro/2.8, 100mm f/2
price paid:370 USD (used)
positive:sharpness, colors
negative:slow AF, plastic build
comment:
missing
reviewer#2805 date: Sep-30-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 80-200 f2.8
-beercan
- minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:400 E
positive:- SHARP
- CONTRASTY
- Colors
- Bokeh
negative:- a hint of purple fringing wide open
- focus ring good but not great (see the D version)
comment:I haven't tried any other macro lenses but I've heard this is as good as it gets, which does not surprise me seeing the pictures i achieve with this lens. Sharp wide open, it gets better at f5.6 where the lens outresolves the current sensors. Colors are neutral but pleasant, contrast is excellent, and bokeh wonderful. Can be used as a great portrait lens, and as a general small telephoto prime. With a 2x teleconverter results are ok stopped down to f8, and you can reach 2:1 macro . Low light focus accuracy wide open is not great - this is due to the 5D/7D , this should be improved with A700.
reviewer#2796 date: Sep-29-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:500USD
positive:light, sharp
negative:none
comment:
missing
reviewer#2750 date: Sep-17-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50/2.8 Macro (MinO)
price paid:370 Euro (used)
positive:Good build. Sharp.
negative:Hunts a bit sometimes.
comment:My favorite lens. I enjoy working with it. Feels solid and gives very sharp pictures. AF is pretty accurate, but I MF most of the time.
reviewer#2573 date: Jul-22-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50mm f/2.8 Macro
Min 135/2.8
price paid:400 € (like new)
positive:Everything.
negative:
missing
comment:As beautiful a macro lens as everybody says. Sharpness, colour and contrast are just wonderful. The focus limiter helps the AF a lot if using the lens as a tele, and manual focusing is OK even with the smallish focus ring.
reviewer#2423 date: Jun-7-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nikon, Canon macro lenses.
price paid:275 USD Used
positive:This is the sharpest lens I've ever used and seen results from.
Bokeh at 2.8 is really nice. When using as a long distance prime (vs macro use) results are also excellent. From cars to people to lowlight the versatility is unmatched. Great compact size, Scale ratio markings (in blue)are a nice detail. hood fits flush and tight when reversed so no edge to snag in gear bag.
negative:None
comment:This lens is simply elegant in it's design, build, versatility, color rendition,and sharpness. By far the Sharpest Prime lens Minolta made. Zero distortion in 1:1 or any focus ratio.


Please note: My Camera doesn't support the D/ADI series lenses so I really cannot comment on whether or not I miss that feature compared to the more recent versions of this lens.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 40
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.95
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.85
  • overall: 4.89

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