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

reviews found: 25   
reviewer#10699 date: Nov-14-2012
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85 mm G D
Minolta 80-200 HS APO G
Minolta 70-210 F4 (beercan)
price paid:670 AUD (2010 ex)
positive:Bokeh, colour, razor sharp from F2.8 at Soft-0
negative:none
comment:Many will scoff but there really seems to be something 'different' in portrait images produced with this lens. Maybe it's the micro contrast rendition?

It is possible to obtain totally different 'softness' effects by moving the softness filter before or after focusing. Altering after focussing produces a more extreme hazing/veiling result which can be further enhanced by over exposing. It seems to be influenced up to +2 stops. Whether this was intended I do not know as information on this lens is difficult to come by.

The degree of 'normal' effect can also be varied with aperture. It's incredibly subtle by F8 at Soft-3 which can work well for mature male portraits.

This lens is unique. If portraits are your passion, just get this lens!
reviewer#9490 date: Oct-11-2011
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL1680CZ , SAL50 1.8 , KM100 2.8 macro , SAL 135 2.8
price paid:830 USD (new)
positive:Very sharp at Soft-0
great colors
excellent bokeh
negative:none that i found
comment:one of the best lenses i owned tho i could say it works better on a FF since the focal length is big for an APS-C

its very sharp even at wide open and even sharper at F8
reviewer#8732 date: Mar-2-2011
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:85G
200Apo
100Macro
price paid:700USD
positive:smooth focusing wheel
best close up portrait lens
no CA (ideal lens at 5.6-11)
negative:none
comment:I love this lens.
There's something special in picture taken with... something dreamy.
It can be a blade or a pillow simply setting the SF effect.
GREAT portrait lens.

minimal CA.
reviewer#8593 date: Jan-29-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 85 2.8
price paid:21500rus Rub=730$
positive:decent built
smooth focusing wheel
best close up portrait lens
no CA (ideal lens at 5.6-11)
negative:Purple frighting (strong wide open)
Difficult to adjust camera using OVF. (it is not lack of this lens but view finder does not show actual DOF)
Bad at shooting if sun or lump appears in frame. It gives sharp flare, that repeats object at other place.
comment:Best for close up portraits, flowers. Best pairs aperture and softness is 2.8&0.5, 3.5&1, 4&2, 5.6&3 They makes pictures mild and increases DOF by comparison same apertures without soft effect.
I don't recommend this lens as a short tele lens or as a lens for really sharp images. Good copy of Sony 85 2.8 (Minolta is built mush better) is sharper at 2.8 and 4 and better bears contour light. At 5.6 sony is worse because of CA.
reviewer#8466 date: Dec-31-2010
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:135 SFT, 135 Zeiss, Minolta 200mm APO HS, Molta 85mm, 24mm Zeiss
price paid:470 USD
positive:Everything
negative:
missing
comment:This lens is almost perfect, if you set the soft focus to 0, you can get very sharp images even at full aperture with a creamy bokeh.
With the Soft set to 1, 2 o 3 the dreams becomes true, do not even think achieving this soft focus effect without a couple of hours of work in PP and is very probably you can't get even close. If you like portraits this lens is a MUST, I will post a couple of pics I took in a restaurant
reviewer#8110 date: Oct-18-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
bokeh
negative:essential CA

comment:Very nice lens with dreamy soft effect - something that I really love in it. The only disappointment is a lot of CA in 0-position and in 1-3 settings (mostly in halos). Is it caused by the optical scheme or a problem of my copy?
reviewer#7961 date: Sep-11-2010
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:USD 250
positive:Sharp at f/2.8 and beyond
Ideal portrait lens
Focus hold button
negative:None
comment:Another gem found in Bangkok while visiting there. Couldn't pay for it fast enough when I heard the price. I agree with what everyone else has said about this lens. at the moment this is the lens that stays on my camera body. Adjustable soft focus feature produces pleasing effects between settings of 0 and 1. Beyond 1 seems a bit like overkill to me. 100mm length is great on full frame.
reviewer#7255 date: Apr-6-2010
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100mm f/2.8 D, 85mm f/1.4 GD
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp, smooth & beautiful bokeh, fast & accurate AF, minimal CA
negative:None
comment:This is a special lens for portraiture. The soft effect is very pleasing. When the soft effect is set at zero, it produces very sharp pictures. Picture out of the lens needs minimal PP.
Very rare, hard to find, and highly recommended.
reviewer#6086 date: Sep-19-2009
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100mm macro f/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:IQ, size, weight.
negative:None
comment:This is a very peculiar lens. As noted, it is very sharp at the zero setting. The "soft" settings give a "dreamy" look, a bit in the David Hamilton style. The effect depends on aperture, full open the smallest setting (1) may already be too much. OTOH, you can select settings between 0 and 1, the ring moves continuously.

Bokeh is good, but not as good as the STF. Similar to the 100 macro.

The lens is very compact, the length is smallest at the softest setting.
reviewer#3748 date: Jun-23-2008
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:
missing
price paid:500 USD (NOS)
positive:Soft feature is unique
negative:None
comment:I just picked up this lens from a dealer that had a few new old stock Minolta lenses "in the back." It is sharp as a tack at "0" and creates beautiful images with degrees of softness at +1, etc. Side by side it appears to be as sharp as the 100mm macro Minolta without the soft feature engaged. Well built, classic Minolta glass. A great lens.
reviewer#3043 date: Dec-5-2007
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 85 F1.4 G D
Minolta - AF 28-75 F2.8 D
Minolta - AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
price paid:520 USD
positive:Variable Soft effect, sharp, compact.
negative:None.
comment:One of my favorite lenses. Extremely sharp at soft 0 and creatively inspiring at wide open. Real multi-purpose lens: good for both arty portraits and moderate telephoto shooting. It's compact and relatively light to choose it quite every time packing for travels. Bokeh is not so tasty as 85/1.4 but much better than 28-75/2.8 and the beercan. BTW the last one was never used since I bought 100/2.8 Soft :)
reviewer#2795 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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:610 USD
positive:sharp, light
negative:none
comment:
missing
reviewer#1895 date: Feb-25-2007
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 beercan
70-210 3.5-4.5
100-300 4.5-5.6
price paid:499 GBP new
positive:Very sharp, colour very authentic
negative:None yet
comment:Only just got this lens- new as shop had had it in stock for a long time. Very impressed with it so far on test films against the above lenses, (it is much sharper on my test strips than any of them) and the colour is absolutely spot-on- noticable in neutral greys where the beercan has them rather purple-y- and sharpness and contrast are both excellent with no sacrifice of subtle details- clearly very much better than the other lenses when negs scanned at 5400dpi are compared. I will post again when I've used it more thoroughly.
reviewer#1750 date: Feb-5-2007
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:135/2.8
70-210/4
price paid:
missing
positive:All
negative:None. Maybe (a little bit) to much contrast at soft 0.
comment:A great lens. Just my number one
reviewer#1680 date: Jan-20-2007
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:85mm MD Varisoft
Minolta Portrayer S and P sets
Zeiss Softar I & II
Rodenstock Imagon S
A drawerful of assorted Cokin, Cromatek, Hitec, and other SF filters
100mm f2.8 Macro AF
135mm f2.8 AF
most other AF lenses including 70-200mm f2.8 SSM
price paid:100 GBP
positive:Extremely good soft fous effects, good build, and the sharpest knife in the box for short tele work.
negative:The cost, and the temptation to overdo the seductive SF effect.
comment:This lens has no focusing issues with 7D, 5D, A100 or 7 and is critically sharp - exceeding the sensor resolution - from f4 to f11 on the A100. It has high contrast and luminous colour with excellent bokeh. The soft focus quality is, I think, superior to the 85mm Varisoft for the MD system and the SF effect is not removed at f5.6 as one review has stated. Close examination of images using a small light source shows that SF at strength 3 has a worthwhile effect at f5.6, still visible at f6.3, almost absent at f7.1 and completely removed by f8. With SF at 0, and the lens at f8, very few lenses (apochromatic, G, or otherwise) come close to matching this. The deeply curved rear element helps eliminate any trace of sensor reflection problems. The hood is not as ineffective as suggested and the clip-on design avoids some of the needless strain placed on front focusing units by bayonet hoods (as introduced on later lenses). Comments on the lens body being plastic are unfounded; it's the same material as used for the 135mm f2.8, just matt finished instead of gloss, with a plastic control ring for lightness. The fitted hard case for this lens is labelled with its contents (not many cases are) because it is custom fitted with a retainer in the top for a 55mm NDX4 filter. This was not supplied with the lenses when sold, but was an optional extra. The 4X ND filter allows use of the optimum soft focus aperture - f4 - with studio flash or outdoor synchro-sun fill in. I would argue that an NDX8 woud be better for digital users, but KM/Min never made one except for rear filters of tele/mirror lenses.
reviewer#1677 date: Jan-19-2007
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 200/2.8 APO HS G,
Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Very nice picture
negative:
missing
comment:It's a great lens at all. It has a very good picture quality, it's extremly sharp (by F2.8 it seems to me better than the 200/2.8 G, but the 200/2.8 is a little sharper on the other aperture values). A soft focus effect can be a very nice creative tool, but not usable in every shooting situation.
reviewer#1670 date: Jan-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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:600 USD new
positive:Sharp
soft focus 3stops
perfect for portraits
great on film/digital
negative:lens hood too short
comment:This lens is my favorite lens in my kit. I use this for weddings and portraits. This lens is so sharp its unreal. A slight turn of the soft focus ring and you have an level 1 soft focus which is perfect.

Weight and build of this lens is great. I bought this lens in Singapore and used it on my Dynax 7 camera. The response from wedding shots was unbelievable. I then used it on a 7D and was once again suprised by the sharpness and quality of the pictures.

As a result my Canon 10D has been used as a backup and my Sony A100 is now my main body used. I strongley reccommend if you have the chance to pick up this lens you will not be dissapointed.
reviewer#1381 date: Nov-5-2006
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 90 2.8 SP
Minolta 28-80 & 70-300
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp Lens, lovely soft effect, size and handling
negative:Naff clip on hood, lens cap
comment:Bought this lens on the basis of the reviews here and didn't know really what to expect. I was amazed at the lovely crisp images that came out - and the background was a fantastic swirl of colours. Compared to my Tamron, the colours are better and more "natural".
Fantastic lens! - my first of Minolta's gems and it's got me looking for more! Very, very pleased with this one.
reviewer#1313 date: Oct-13-2006
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:Soft Focus, sharp
negative:None
comment:This is one nice piece of glass, set at "0" soft focus will give you a very sharp image even at wide open. Setting the soft focus from 1-3 will give you a very nice effect. No need of post processing.

Certainly this is a keeper.
Get one if you can.
reviewer#1275 date: Oct-6-2006
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 used to own this lens
compared to:50mm Macro for sharpness.
price paid:
missing
positive:Nothing to complain, its light, sharp, soft if needed.
negative:Flimsy clip-on sunhood.
comment:Only had this for a few months. I think its the sharpest lens i have owned. Im not much into the soft side, did not find out how to use it for great pictures, but this lens left me a craving for a sharp 85-135mm prime. If i had not got a great deal to change it into an ultrawide id still be using it with the softfocus set to 0.

I agree with the other reviews that this is a really great lens.
reviewer#747 date: May-4-2006
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:Sigma 105/2.8 ex - 28-75/2.8 D
price paid:
missing
positive:outstanding character! - 3 soft settings - 2.8 - is also a very sharp 100mm lens!
negative:let's see - none...i'm really trying to come up with one?
comment:this lens, along with my 200/2.8 APO G, is my favorite lens on the planet!...i am a big fan of soft focus, as i am also a sharp fanatic...you know, it's funny...this lens has the ability to produce photos with amazingly stunning character, but it is also a secret weapon!...not many people realize how darn sharp this puppy is on the '0' soft setting!!...Razor sharp!!!...sure, the lens is made out of plastic, but not the weak, cheap type of plastic, but so are many of the parts on the body of your car!...nothing wrong with high grade plastics, in fact, this lens feels more sturdy than most metal-built lenses i have owned in the past, so i will give the build a five (unlike most), i just don't find anything to be wrong with it...i will also give sharpness a five, because at '0', it is razor sharp...it could split hairs!!!
reviewer#692 date: Apr-15-2006
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:very sharp when "softness" set to 0
variable "softness"
fast focus (even with softness on)
negative:
missing
comment:Excellent for portraits with or without soft focus. Very sharp even wide open when softness is set to 0 - good as general tele.
Personally would prefer bayonet hood mount instead of clip-on mount this lens uses.
reviewer#688 date: Apr-15-2006
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:85/1.4 G
price paid:
missing
positive:Super sharp lens,
negative:Build quality
comment:My first prime lens came as a rather surprise, sharp, fast and very useful
reviewer#365 date: Dec-29-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85/1.4 G, Minolta 135/2.8, Canon 135/2.8 soft focus, Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX (CAF and Min AF), CAF 85/1.8, CAF 100/2
price paid:
missing
positive:Can be used as a normal 100mm lens, with softness set to zero
negative:build only a 4/5 due to the 135/2.8's type of solid 5/5
comment:The whole lens group moves forwards as you dial from 3 to 0 on the softness ring. Its a sharp 100mm on its own.

For nice subtle softness effects you can set to Number 1 at f2.8, or number 2 at f4 (same thing).

Basically softness 3 at f4 is the same as softness 2 at f2.8.

Very strangely the depth of field increases with the softness number! Very odd.

By f5.6 the softness settings are cancelled out.

I think this is an often over-looked lens due to it being viewed as a portrait only lens. But the softness setting can be set to zero and it can then be used as a normal 100mm. It has a perfect circular aperture to f5.6 which is great for the bokeh.

Probably a little sharper than the 135/2.8.
reviewer#41 date: Jan-8-2005
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 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:80mm Pentax Soft (Minolta much more versatile as softness not linked to aperture);
various 100mm macro (softness management is a real plus);
all sorts of Softar filters and similar (no more worries about finding the "ideal" filter).
price paid:
missing
positive:Excellent "standard" short tele at setting "0";
Useful management of spherical aberrations for "atmosheric" imagery;
negative:No D chip;
Would have been even more useful with f2 aperture;
"Plasticky" feel (though solid construction).
comment:This works as a standard short tele, with sharpness/contrast equivalent to 100mm f2.8 macro (according to CI tests) !! It has a nice 80cm minimum focusing distance, which makes it quite versatile.

On top of that it has a 4 step "softening" feature, managing the lens's spherical aberrations (0-1-2-3), with all intermediate settings accessible. You can see the effect at shooting stage.

This allows fine management of "atmospheric" rendition for portrait sessions, wedding pics, new born babies and mums, landscapes, etc. The feature works very well, but could be seen as a gimmick, depending on fashion, photographer's habits or customer's wishes.

Works perfectly on 7D.
reviews found: 25   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 25
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.56
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.84

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