Minolta AF 300mm F2.8 APO G D SSM A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 3   
reviewer#12061 date: Dec-16-2014
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-400 G
price paid:£2500 used as new.
positive:Razor Sharp
Lightning Fast
Built Like A Tank
Flexible focus limiter
Pre-Focus button
Silent Auto-Focus
Great performance with Sony 1.4 Teleconverter
Nice metal case to keep it in

negative:Very Heavy
Lens hood a bit fiddly
Sourcing repairs and service may be difficult.
comment:After years shooting birds, wildlife and farm animals with the 70-400 G the first thing that really hit me with this lens was the autofocus speed. With the limiter set, it locks on first time every time, no hunting at all even in poor outdoor lighting conditions. It continued to work flawlessly with the addition of the Sony 1.4 Teleconverter.

A beautiful and somewhat rare lens that performed beyond any expectations that I had. Produced very similar images to the 70-400 G, but with a lot more consistency and a lot less effort.


reviewer#10988 date: Mar-20-2013
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 400mm f4,5
minolta 300mm f2.8 APO
sigma 500mm f4.5
sony 70-200mm f2.8 SSM
sigma 400mm f5.6 Apo and telemacro
price paid:
missing
positive:sharpness
speed
build
negative:weight
small buttons
expensice drop-in-CPf-filter system
comment:This lens is amazing.The top of the bill!
the speed and accuracy of the Af is just perfect. even with the tc attached, it focusses effortlessly.

The most interesting thing is the pre-focus setting. When shooting birds, you can pre-focus on the brach where the bird usually sits. you can then go on shooting. when the bird shows up, you just have to press one button and the focus is right where you want it!

The weight is an issue thoug. This one made my shoulders ache, because you also need a strong tripod-setum for this one. You don't want this lens falling over.

the lens hood system is better than that of the 400mm f4.5. It detaches quickly.

Compared to the sigma 500mm f4,5 apo ex dg, the minolta focusses quicker, but the sigma is holding up pretty well against it.

The advantage of the sigma is the relatively cheap drop-in CPL filter.
The minolta one is extremely rare and expensive.
reviewer#281 date: Dec-17-2005
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp.
Full time direct manual focus in all AF modes (better than standard DMF).
Prefocus button.
Flexible focus limiter.
Min focus limit is 2 meters only (less need for extension tubes).
Robust tripod collar with two screw holes (nice with quick release plates).
Internal filters.
Robust build quality.
Internal focusing.
Works well with matched 1.4x and 2x tele converters.
Fast and silent auto focus.
negative:None.
comment:The lens comes in a large metal hard case, with a lock and key. Included is a strap, a carbon fiber hood, a clear internal filter, and a leather front lens cap (plus the standard rear plastic cap).

The lens is fairly heavy to handle, and a tripod is recommended, but it is possible to hand hold without too much struggle.

The image quality is excellent, with a very smooth bokeh.

The auto focus is very precise, quiet (more quiet than the 70-200 f/2.8 SSM), and fast (but not quite as fast as the 70-200 f/2.8 SSM).

The KM APO tele converters work really well with this lens, with no noticeable image degradation.

To sum up: Simply one of the best 300 mm lenses there is.
reviews found: 3   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 5.00

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