Minolta AF 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 D APO A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#36817 date: Apr-4-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:180
positive:build, color, sharpness at f/8
negative:sharpness and AF on 250-300mm
comment:good lens, great colors, sharp until ~200-250mm
reviewer#29648 date: Aug-4-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 beercan
price paid:100 euro
positive:Very sharp, but needs micro focus adjustment
negative:None
comment:I understand why some people are disappointed in this lens. However, if your camera has micro focus adjustment this lens is stellar. Very sharp between 100-200mm on any aperture, on the longest end f11 gives the best result.
It's as good as the 70-210, but it's smaller, lighter and have longer reach.
reviewer#27608 date: Jun-14-2016
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tokina 35-300 F4.5-6.7
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F4.5-5.6
Tamron SP 70-300 4-5.6 Di USD
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 BBC
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 APO
price paid:138 USD (used)
positive:Small retracted
Fast AF
CA control
Focus ring doesn't move in AF
Circular aperture
Supports DMF on the Maxxum 70
55 mm filter diameter
negative:Low contrast
Soft
Curved focal plane
Stiff focus ring
Rotating filter threads/front of lens
Fragile hood
100 mm
Bokeh rather busy
comment:The first copy I won the eBay seller didn't properly package it. The hood cracked and the lens may have suffered internal damage during shipment. There was no other visible damage on the lens and everything seems to work, but it was quite soft at all focal lengths. The second copy is somewhat sharper. This one didn't come with a hood, so I purchased one separately and found it also cracked. "JAPAN"

It is a rather small lens even when fully extended and quite light. The zoom action doesn't have the smoothness of the older Beercans, but it feels comparable to the DT zooms.

Neither copy exhibits the zoom creep that afflicted my first non-D APO version. Operation is similar to the DT zooms. Lens extends but does not rotate while zooming. The front element extends and rotates while focusing. AF works well with the 1.4X Kenko DGX teleconverter and even works with the 2X DGX teleconverter at the short end of the zoom range. The apertures and focal lengths are properly corrected with both teleconverters.

The 100 mm minimum focal length is limiting especially on APS-C cameras. It performs similarly to the 100-200 F4.5--except the focal plane is a bit flatter at 100 mm than the 100-200 F4.5.

It would nice to find a sharp, properly working copy of this lens and the matching 24-105. The build quality of these late clutched, distance encoder equipped zooms definitely seem to be lower than the original Minolta AF lenses or even the just prior non-D versions.

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reviewer#26547 date: Apr-8-2016
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Minolta 75-300
Minolta 75-300 "New"
price paid:$150
positive:Small lens for the range
Low CA and purple fringing
negative:Not sharp wide open
Zooming not that smooth
comment:I think this lens is overrated and over priced.
Between 200-300mm it needs to be stopped down to att least f7,1 to become sharp enough.
The 75-300 New is sharper and cheaper but with much ca......
Edited
After some use I have to higher the sharpness rating to the same as the Sigma 70-300 os
Att 300mm f6.3 this lens is a little sharper than the Big beercan,
reviewer#21432 date: Nov-23-2015
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF20. Sigma super wide 2. Minolta AF28f2. Minolta AF35f2. Zeiss FE2,8/35. Minolta AF50. Sigma 50mm f1:4. Zeiss FE1,8/55. Sony 2.8/85 SAM. Minolta AF135
price paid:£148.00
positive:Compact and not to heavy. Tack sharp up to 250mm. Affordable.
negative:Sharpness falls of above 250mm.
comment:If you need a lens to occasionally extend your range, that can live in your bag, on an ongoing basis, this is it. Very sharp with excellent colour rendition. Just don't use it all out at 300mm if you want that sharpness.
reviewer#11869 date: Jun-17-2014
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron AF 35-135mm F3.5-4.5 AF tele-macro
Sony SAL-55200-2 55-200 mm F/4-5.6 SAM
price paid:200 USD (used)
positive:Weight. Small for tele-lens. Enough sharp. APO.
negative:Slow AF. Soft wide open. Soft on 300mm.
comment:It's very good tele-lens.
reviewer#11818 date: May-7-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 100-400 APO 4.5-6.3
- Minolta 75-300 D 4.5-5.6
- Minolta 100-200 f4.5
- Minolta 70-210 F4
- Tamron 75-300 4.5-5.6 USD

price paid:224,00 euro
positive:-Small
-light
-for size and weight very reasonable quality
negative:- Lake of contrast (hazy) wide open
- Some vignette above 290 mm
- Deceptive to lens flair
- Slow and noisy AF (drifting in low light and on low contrast objects)
comment:There are better lenses, but until now i did not find another lens that has 300mm with this quality in such a compact and lightweight build. even fully zoomed in, it is small and does not attract attention. So for travel and street photography it is always in my bag. Vignette and contrast are simple amended in adobe lightroom. And with 24 mp FF (A-900) images i just crop the vignette. However If you are looking for a low budget lens for sport photography the Minolta 75-300 or even better the Tamron 75-300 USD will be a better choice. For tele (covered) theater and concert photography the Minolta 100-200 F4.5 is my favorite.
reviewer#11211 date: Jun-25-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100-200 f4.5 Minolta
75-300 f4.5-5.6 Minolta
80-200 f2.8 Minolta
price paid:210 USD
positive:Nice and sharp. Light weight to be 300mm. Easy to carry in bag. As good on APS-C as FF.
Nice colors. Focus wery well on A580.
negative:A bit vignetting at open aperture, becomes better stepped down one step only.
A bit tight manual focus ring.
comment:This is a very good lens for traveling, small and lightweigt to have such a wide range. Gives me nice picktures, specially on A900. No more need for Minolta 100-400. I recommend this as the best compromise zoom lens Minolta ever made. It sits very often on my A580 pared with A900 with Minolta AF 28-85mm f 3.5-4.5.

Bee aware there is an APO without the D, it is not as good.
reviewer#11164 date: May-31-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 75-300 Big Beercan
MAF 100-300
price paid:150 EUR (used)
positive:APO and D version, long range telephoto zoom, good opinion on forums,
negative:not so sharp, flares, slow AF
comment:I bought it due for D versioan and APO. But he expample I had was much worse (less sharp. flared, slower, ETC) than regular version of MAF 100-300 so, I sold it.
reviewer#11089 date: Apr-30-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SEL55210
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:strong at 300mm, no CA, light weight for its class
negative:nothing for a consumer telephoto lens.
comment:I use the lens on my NEX via the LA-EA2 adapter, which makes the combo bulky, but still acceptable for a telephoto lens (thus it must fit really nice on SLT cameras). It makes better pictures when compared to my E-mount 55-210mm. It's probably the best lens among Minolta's later manufactured consumer lenses (for consumer lenses it seems like only the original beercan series are worth playing with). There seems to be similar lenses that are sharper in the modern era, but this lens is quite sharp to me, even wide open
reviewer#11060 date: Apr-21-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L II, Nikkor 80-200 AF D, Tamron 70-300 VC USD
price paid:250 (used)
positive:Good sharpness and contrast across the focal range. Low distortion.
negative:Slow AF, mediocre built quality, CA
comment:It's a good lens, especially for the price. Size and weight are convinient even when used on NEX with LA-EA2. Slow and noisy AF, rather high CA wide open and unpredicatble flare behavior are ballanced with a good to very good sharpness, solid contrast, punchy colors and low distortion.
Most lenses of this type are compromised, and this Minolta Zoom is one of the more reasonable compromises. Recommanded.
reviewer#10825 date: Jan-10-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:sony 18-135
price paid:$220.00
positive:Lightweight
Fast Focus
Well built
Low Cost
negative:Soft wide open
comment:Your happiness may depend on the lens your own. Some are better than others
Here are some shots from my first on on a Sony A33
https://picasaweb.google.com/100365101045530496759/TRIBALPHOTOSORISSAINDIADecember2010
reviewer#10718 date: Nov-21-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4 (Beercan)
Sigma 50-150 f2.8
price paid:£123 GBP (used)
positive:-Weight
-Colours
-Reach for the size
-Excellent image quality
negative:-Not too fast
-Hood not the best
comment:I bought this off Ebay and I got a bargain IMO. It's much smaller than I expected and very light, making it a great travel / walk about zoom.
It does need stopping down a little to get the best out of it which makes it ideal for bright days but opportunities may be limited when overcast.
The IQ is very impressive, but it did take me a little time to get used to.
Overall it's my favourite long zoom and has made my Beercan redundant.
I've posted some images in the gallery for you to make your own conclusions, but if you can get one at a decent price, I'd buy it.
reviewer#10476 date: Aug-29-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:2.9 USD
positive:Small and light
Minolta colors
Very sharp
negative:None
comment:i like Birding, i always use this lense to take bird pictures. Fast respon focus. You know this is my first minolta lens :)
reviewer#10220 date: May-18-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP 70-300 f4-5.6 USD
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 New
Vivitar Series 1 100-400 f4.5-6.7
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO
Sigma 75-300 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
price paid:£140 (used)
positive:Small and light.
Virtually no CA.
Good sharpness except at full aperture.
negative:Slightly soft at full aperture throughout its range.
Bit overpriced.
comment:I decided I had to have this lens after reading some of the rave reviews below mine, favourably comparing this lens to 'G' class lenses.

I have to say I'm disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is a good lens, but unless mine is a below-par example (and I don't believe it is) there is no way on earth that the Minolta 100-300 D APO is as good as a 'G' class lens.

I have accumulated quite a number of telephoto lenses, as detailed in my 'compared to' list above. Top of the list, the most expensive and the best of the lot is my Tamron SP 70-300 f4-5.6 USD, which is very similar to the Sony G 70-300 SSM and produces outstanding photos in my opinion, which are superior to every other lens in the list, including my 100-300 APO.

I have done a very careful, detailed comparative test of all the lenses in my list, taking numerous test photos and then doing an A-B comparison on screen at 100%. While the Minolta 100-300 APO is good, its not even in second place after my Tamron, second and third are the Minolta 100-200 f4.5 and 70-210 f4 (beercan) which are both fractionally sharper than the 100-300 APO at small apertures and MUCH sharper at full aperture, with similar colours and flare control overall, although (particularly in the case of the beercan) CA is worse.

The Minolta 100-300 APO produced results which were extremely close in quality to the Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 New. Generally at apertures under f6.3 I rated the 75-300 as slightly better, over f6.3 the 100-300 tended to be slightly better, but it was always a close call. Both are very good lenses, the 100-300 has lower CA and is smaller & a bit lighter, the 75-300 is almost always sharper at large apertures, has greater range and crucially is around half the price and is therefore far better value.

Personally, I would say skip this lens. Either save your money and go for the near-enough equally good Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 New, which is simply outstanding value at around £60-£70, or go for the Tamron SP 70-300 f4-5.6 USD, which has similarly low CA and is superior in every other way except size and weight (and price!).
reviewer#10181 date: May-7-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 80200G
Sony 70300G
price paid:300 usd used
positive:compact
Minolta colors
negative:none
comment:This doesn't have "G" status, but the lens holds its own against my two comparable Gs in every way...and it improves on them both in terms of weight(80200G is much heavier) and length (70300G is gynormously long)

It's is a wonderful travel companion to my Tamron 24135. It's a better size for me than my Min 100400 APO, and is altogether just a great all-round long telephoto zoom
reviewer#9965 date: Feb-23-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 D
Cosina 100-400 f4.5-6.7
Tamron 70-300 USD
Sony 55-200 f4-5.6
price paid:297 USD (used)
positive:-Superb colors! Nothing in 70-300 range comes close to this one in terms of color reproduction.
-Nice bokeh.
-No CA!
negative:- Quite soft wide open so stopping down is necessary to boost sharpness.
- back focus on new camera bodies
- build quality seems just ok.
comment:My initial positive impression regarding this lens is the superb color reproduction. Deep, warm, and richly saturated. Contrast is great. The reason you might wanna consider this lens over other alternatives in this range is that this lens has no visible CA, and the saturated Minolta colors.

Compared to Minolta/Sony 75-300 f4.5-5.6 D/Sony 55-200, although the new Minolta/Sony is much sharper wide open and the focusing accuracy is better, this APO D outperforms in colors, CA, contrast, and bokeh. The new Minolta/Sony have bad purple fringing in high contrast areas, tend to render flatter images and has so so bokeh.

Compared to Tamron 70-300 USD which is around 50% more expensive. The tamron wins in terms of sharpness, focusing speed and noise. The minolta APO D outperforms in colors.

I have to mention about the build quality of this lens. It's hard to find a mint one. Of 2 copies I bought, 1 makes louder focusing noise, and tends to miss focus more, the other however has some issue with focus hold button and need to press it hard to work. The focusing rubber of 1 of the copies is loose and can't turn the MF until grabbed hard. This can be easily fixed with glue tape though. The hood doesn't lock tightly. So check these issues before you buy.

In summary, this Minolta 100-300 APO D sits somewhere in between the cheapest models Minolta/Sony 75-300, Sony 55-200, and the higher end models like Tamron 70-300 USD and Sony 70-300G.

If I'm going to choose, for a serious professional works, I will take the Tamron 70-300 USD/Sony 70-300G with me. For travel, walk-about days with good light, I will take 100-300 APO for its compactness, pleasing colors & contrast.

See my photos with Minolta 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 APO D on my Flickr collection at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeispixels/collections/72157628204412995/
reviewer#9360 date: Aug-26-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 (original)
Sigma 75-300 APO
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
price paid:149 GBP (MINT)
positive:Very sharp
Beautiful colour
Weight and sise
ADI compatible
NO PF
negative:MFD - 1.5m
comment:Up to 200mm sharp at max aperture, then needs stopping down a touch.

Beautiful Minolta colours unlike some of the later Minolta lenses.

Comparatively small and lightweight compared to the 75-300s.

If you can't afford G glass, probably the best option to cover this range.

Flare - scored 5 with hood fitted.
reviewer#8897 date: Apr-9-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:330 usd (used)
positive:Great Bokeh! Great Color!
negative:
missing
comment:Its performance as a Hi-class product.
reviewer#8709 date: Feb-27-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 APO
Minolta 70-210 f3.5/4.5
Sony 70-400 G
price paid:145 EUR incl shipping
positive:- compared to other (in class) lenses light and small
- sharpness at 250+ (1 or 2 stop(s) needed to be razorsharp)
- build quality and feeling
- love the bokeh
negative:- None
comment:Needed a bit more range with my 70-210 when aiming at the birds. The only thing I am missing sometimes with this one is it's focussing speed, especially at the long end. But that is what you get when you've tasted the G-class lenses with SSM. I didn't make that a negative point, because this is a totaly different price range. Can't say I miss the 70mm range neither need the 400mm range from the G. On a budget this is the one that I'm keeping for the birds. Also easy to carry around. Simply love the colours!
reviewer#8667 date: Feb-17-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:250 EUR (used)
positive:+ compact and light
+ performance at 300mm
+ no CAs
+ wonderful colors
+ nice bokeh
+ build quality
negative:- rotating front element
- AF hunts sometimes
comment:Great light travel zoom. Great colors and bokeh. At least my sample is also very sharp, if stopped down to f/8 also at 300mm.
I'd like to compare it to the Sony 70-300 G some day, but I have a hard time imagining the Sony is worth triple the price.
reviewer#8372 date: Dec-8-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT16-105mm
Minolta 70-210 F/4
Sony 70-300G
price paid:275 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:front element rotates on focusing
comment:I have been trying to find a good medium telephoto for my field work. I have been using a Beercan (Minolta 70-210 F/4, Big Beercan, and Sony 7-300g. You may recall an earlier post where i described extensive testing on the 70-300g, and ended up returning the lens for a refund. The performance was not equal to the $850 price, and the lens is physically huge. Not that much better than my Beercan lens.

I just received a Minolta 100-300mm APO D lens, purchased used from KEH. I immediately liked this lens because it is half the size and weight of the other candidates. Also, the price of $275 used was attractive. Tested against the Beercan and DT16-105, the lens performed well. It was about equal to the others at 100mm, but easily outperformed the Beercan at 200mm. It also looked good at 300mm. The lens has the attractive attribute of getting better as the focal length increases, which is what we want from a telephone zoom. Also, the CA, contrast and color balance was MUCH better than the Beercan.

So, i am keeping this one. I may, or may not, keep the F4 beercan for lower light conditions.
reviewer#8252 date: Nov-13-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very good build and handling
Excellent color
negative:Soft wide open but not unreasonably so.
Lens hood makes rotation of polarizing filter difficult
comment:I enjoy this lens and use it as frequently as possible. Excellent color. Work very well with APS-C and FF.

Definitely recommend this as moderate priced tele-lens.
reviewer#7474 date: May-25-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 LD DI,
Sigma 300/4 APO Macro
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Fast and accurate AF, compact size and weight, pleasant colors and bokeh, circular aperture
negative:Soft and lacking contrast fully open, not really sharp
comment:It gives very pleasant colors and creamy bokeh.
AutoFocus works fast (A550) and is accurate. Small weight and size - good walkaround & travel solution.
This lens needs to be stopped down at 300 mm to f/8 or f/11 to achieve best results. The Aperture setting of f/6.3 or f/7.2 sometimes helps. I do not recommend to use it fully open at 300 mm (f/5.6 not sharp).



reviewer#6313 date: Nov-2-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200 f/4.5
price paid:340 USD (used)
positive:small size, light weight, excellent CA control
negative:soft, doesn't stay at f/4.5 very long
comment:Sharpness is the first thing I look for and this lens doesn't have it. You need to get to, at least, f/11 across the zoom range to even approach the same sharpness as Minolta's 100-200 zoom. And, the range of focal lengths over which you can get f/4.5 is pretty small. That said, this lens is easy to carry because of it's small size and light weight, CA control is excellent, and image color is very good. If you need 300mm this is a cost effective solution, but I'm sticking with the 100-200 lens.
reviewer#5998 date: Sep-7-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6 APO (non-D)
Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
price paid:300 USD (used, mint)
positive:+small size, low weight
+very low CA
+sharp at 300mm
+55mm thread
negative:-hood design (vs. older version)
-zoom creep
-AF speed
-minimum focus distance
comment:This lens is a very good compromise of size and IQ, ideal for travelling light. What gives? AF is slow and sometimes hunts at the long end, build is so-so (zoom creep), 100mm is long for APS-C. 5.6 is not great but ok most of the time w/ SSS. I will keep it for its size, since the best lens is of no use when you leave it at home b/c of its weight. Update: this lens works very well on FF, it pairs nicely with the A7 via LA-EA4, probably the most compact 300mm solution around.
reviewer#4929 date: Feb-27-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan 70-210 mm 1:4
Minolta 75-300 mmm (new)
Sigma 70-210 mm, 2,8
price paid:200 € (used)
positive:sharp, well balanced, reasonable weight, colors
negative:focus ring is pretty stiff
comment:I was looking for a good tele. I had a Sony 18-250mm that was stolen. The 18-250 was quite soft at the long end. So I decided to buy a wideangle zoom, a standard zoom and a tele zoom instead. I started with the Beercan. I loved its IQ, but I hated the weight and size. (People stare at you when you walk around :-).) I bought the Sigma 70-210mm, 1:2.8 cheap. It was an older version. (People think your nuts when walking around with this lens :-).) The IQ of the Sigma was dissapointing especially wide open. No match to the Beercan. So I sold the Sigma again and bought the Minolta 75-300mm. Good size and weight but not as sharp as the beercan and a lot of flare. So I got the 100-300mm Apo D now and I guess this is it. Good IQ and not as much flare. A bit sharper than the beercan and great colors. And the size and weight is in the range I like. So I was finally able to sell my Beercan, which still remains a great lens.

After I had the Minolta 100-400 APO I downgraded the sharpness to 4.5. The 100-400mm is sharper.
reviewer#4760 date: Jan-28-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 F4 Beercan
75-300 F4.5 - 5.6 Big Beercan
100-200 F4.5 Little Beercan
100-300 F4.5-5.6 xi
price paid:340 USD
positive:Size!!!
Weight
Balance on a700 with grip
Great traveling lens
negative:very slight edge softness at 5.6
comment:Like many lenses, the Minolta name is quite good, but like many of the Japanese lenses of the mid-80's, one finds quality variations between lenses of the same model. In this case, I got a "good one" with the first one I purchased and it lives up to its 4.48 rating on Dyxum. While this lens is only very slightly inferior to the Beercans, I am not a "purist." I use it on an a700 with a Vertical Grip, and the balance is excellent. It's size, length, and weight make it a wonderful traveling lens. My travel kit includes 5 lenses: a 16-105mm F3.5-5.6, a 28mm F2.8, a 50mm F1.7, a 28-135 F4-4.5, and this lens carried comfortably in a Lowepro chest pack. Most of my images are aimed at the travel industry so what I carry in weight is paramount. I also own a number of smaller zooms including the Beercan (my favorite overall lens) which is too heavy for travel, but a great lens just the same. But when it comes to travel... Love this lens.

Update: After a couple of years with this lens, I see no difference between it and the Big Beercan, which I still like a lot and take it out every so often. But mostly I use the APO.
reviewer#4314 date: Nov-2-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:10-20mm Sigma
16-80mm Sony
18-70mm Sony
28-85mm Beercan
70-210mm Beercan
70-300mmG Sony
100-300mm Minolta Apo
50mm 1.7 Minolta
24mm Sigma
500mm Reflex Minolta
price paid:
missing
positive:Size and weight
Build
Sharp from 125-200mm
negative:Soft at 100mm and 300mm (need to stop down)
Slow focusing and hunts a lot

comment:Had high hopes of this lens due to what I've read about this lens. Love the size of it and build, fit nice is the bottom of a Lowepro toploader. Bought this off Ebay for a reasonable $250, but by the time I'd paid duty costs the total came to Ł300, so not quite the bargin I was hoping. Not sure if I've got a problem with the lens, but between 100-125mm images are really soft unless you stop down A LOT! Mid range is sharp though and goes soft again at 300mm. My Sigma APO keeps up with this lens although the Minolta has better corner sharpness. I've now got the Sony 70-300mm G and I'm going to keep this lens due to it's size. If you've got a sharp version of this lens you've got a winner.
reviewer#4039 date: Sep-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5
price paid:170 euro (2nd hand)
positive:Everything
negative:Nothing
comment:Since I bought this lens, it didn't came off one second from my A700. The only thing that I would have liked, is a start from 70 mm in stead of 100 mm, but that is just a wish and has nothing to do with it's outstanding performance.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 58
  • sharpness: 4.41
  • color: 4.72
  • build: 4.17
  • distortion: 4.69
  • flare control: 4.28
  • overall: 4.46

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