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

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reviewer#11659 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:I have a pretty full compliment of Maxxum glass. This might have become my favorite. Maxxum 200 2.8, 35-105, 70-210 beercan, 100-200, 50 1.7, 24-105D, 28-85, 28 2.8, Sony 35 1.8, 18-55
price paid:$20
positive:This lens is positively remarkable. Sharp sharp, did I say sharp? Colors are Maxxum magic, every bit the equal of my 200 2.8 in all regards.
negative:I haven't found anything other than perfection...
comment:The Macro of course is to die for, but the amazing surprise it what an incredible high performance mid range telephoto this lens is. Stunning actually, with the limiter on it rocket focuses, coupled with my Maxxum 200 2.8 white magic they make a formidable pair!!
I got this in mint nearly unused condition for $20 at a yard sale in a camera bag of multiple Maxxum film bodies and other gear. Steal of the decade I think!
reviewer#11428 date: Nov-3-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Vivtar (Cosina) 100mm 3.5 Macro
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Tamron 90mm SP (original manual focus - on film)
Canon FD 50mm 3.5 Macro (on film)
price paid:190.00GBP
positive:sharp.
great saturation and colour.
image quality.
versatile.
negative:focus limit switch has fallen off.
comment:This lens is noticeably sharper than any of the other lenses i have used on digital. You don't have to view full screen or zoom in to perceive it. The only other one I have that comes close is the Cosina.

Much harder work to focus than the Cosina at macro distances (less dof i guess), but far more versatile (the cosina only gives 1:2 without it's matched 1:1 converter, which I don't have). The A77 peaking mode and focus magnifier really helps with this though.

The limit switch was already loose when I bought it. I suppose this is a risk one takes when buying these old lenses.

Usable sharp at f2.8 but i think f3.5 ideal for portraits. I think the 50mm 1.7 suits my style better on APS-c for this though. I really should try it out on film.
reviewer#11378 date: Oct-8-2013
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:Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony Zeiss 16-80
Tamron 70-200
Minolta 50 F1.7
Sigma 50mm F1.4
Minolta 100-200
price paid:349.00
positive:color
contrast
sharpness
The lens seemed to balance well on both my A77 & A900.
negative:The focus ring is pretty thin. Also, on my A77 the focus peaking didn't seem to show as much as with my new lenes. I don't know if this was the lens or me [I'm new to focus peaking] but I could tell a difference compared to my 16-50 and Sigma 50mm f1.4.

Also, there was a little CA in the images, but thats pretty normal with these older Minolta lenses and is easily fixed in Lightroom.
comment:I really enjoyed this lens while I had it. I paid $349 used through KEH. [EX condition] I returned it mostly because the AF was inconsistent on my A77 & A900. When manual focus was used though it was perfect.

I know Macro's are best used with manual focus, but it was still an issue that I noticed. Another reason I returned the lens was for an extra $100 I can get a new Tamron 90mm macro and a six year warranty. I wont know if this was a good decision or not until I get the Tamron.

For close up photography the lens did a great job [manual focus] I uploaded a few samples in the sample forum. The IQ was very good for sure.

I'll revisit this review once I get the Tamron/different macro
reviewer#11295 date: Aug-6-2013
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:100 mm f 2.0 Zeiss ZE Macro
50mm Sony 2.8 macro
price paid:400US
positive:Sharp
Great Color
Not too heavy
1:1 close up
Great Bokeh
negative:AF hunts once in a while
comment:I have been waiting for one of these to show up for sale for over a year - I finally got one last month. It is all that I expected and more. I have the Sony 50 2.8 Macro but really like a little more working distance that the 100mm provides on my full frame A900.

I used to have a very expensive Zeiss 100mm f2.0 planar on a 21 meg Canon 5DII. This lens is sharper, in my opinion, and the colors actually more saturated. The Bokeh with this lens is Spectacular. All in all a great buy if you can find a clean one. I must admit mine looked new - amazing, since they stopped making them in 1986 I think!
reviewer#11166 date: May-31-2013
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 50 3.5 Macro,
MAF 50 2.8 Macro
price paid:300 EUR (used)
positive:Sharp, good for flowers and flies. Solid metal biuld, will stay for ages!
negative:Discontnued, rare and hard to find. Quite Expensive!
comment:Great lens! Very useful Macro lens, all scales in, metal solid build, in Beercan Primes style. Sharp, good for flowers and flies. Difficult to destroy, lens for ages!
reviewer#10751 date: Dec-3-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7
sigma 10-20
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Minolta 35-105 3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210 3.5-4.5
price paid:200 euro
positive:COLOURS!
IQ
negative:rattling AF
comment:Had a looooooong thought about getting this lens. In the end I found one I could afford and bought it. Never looked back! Not the walk around lens, although when used as such it makes you think in a different perspective before you snap the picture.

My copy has a rattling AF, but works 100%. Lets see how far we get......

(edit 18-2-13) the autofocus completely locked-up, the lens is impossible to use, even in MF)
Now looking for a Tamron 90 Macro.......... (-;
reviewer#10732 date: Nov-28-2012
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:85mm F1.4, 70-210 Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Build, working distance, sharpness, Minolta colors
negative:Non-circular aperture
comment:This is, by far, the sharpest lens I own. The Minolta 85mm F1.4 comes very close from F4, but the 100 macro is simply sharp everywhere, and its flat field of focus keeps more of your subject in focus when wide open.

I have no complaints at all about this lens, it is an absolute delight on my A77, with adequate focus speed (it is a macro, after all), excellent build and a size and weight that really compliments the A77 and makes for an outstanding general use, as well as macro lens.

As much as I love my 85mm F1.4, if I could only keep one prime lens (my Sony 16-50MM would be my one and only lens), it would be the 100 macro.
reviewer#10675 date: Nov-9-2012
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:50mm f:2.8, 50mm f:2.8 RS, 50mm f:3.5.
price paid:251 USD used
positive:I purchase mine used. After cleaning it up, I realized what a great lens this is. I will sell my 3 50mm macros.
negative:
missing
comment:I like being able to have more distance between the lens and the susbject. I will sell acouple of my 50mm macros.
reviewer#10651 date: Nov-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
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:Most other lenses from the "Beer-can" era.
price paid:280 AUD (Used)
positive:Excellent value for money. Beautiful smooth bokeh. Very sharp in all apertures. Excellent for low-light photograpy on a budget.
negative:As can be expected from a lens of this stature - focus hunt.
comment:Excellent value for money. Beautiful and pleasing smooth bokeh. Very sharp in all apertures. Excellent for low-light photography on a budget. I have used this lens in quite dim lighting with quite good results, however, the "focus hunting" can be frustrating at times.

I have no complaints though, since I paid just a fraction of any other lens of this caliber.
reviewer#10338 date: Jun-27-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:The sharpest lens i have in my bag
negative:only negative is the lens cap.
needs a centre pinch cap.no big deal, readily availbable
comment:Picked this lens up for £75 gbp .Bargain.
Absolute legend of a lens. Sharp! how sharp? very.Even wide open at f2.8 my copy is sharp
Colours are typical of Minolta (beercan) type lens.
The Bokeh is amazing .

some people say that the focusing is slow ,i havent noticed this as yet on my sony a700,but there again this is a macro lens , like many have said in the past, macro is best used in manual focus mode.

The only fault is the lens cap.Really needs a centre pinch one so the hood can be removed easily ,but like i say no big deal.

All in all a fantstic lens ,if you have the chance to buy one ,go for it .you won't be dissapointed
reviewer#9918 date: Feb-12-2012
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:
missing
price paid:490.00 USD
positive:The sharpest lens I have
negative:Focus tend to travel a bit; old techno I guess
comment:One of the best lens I have, older techno, but still, in studio for table top work it's hard to beat. One draw back is focus, tends to crawl a bit on extreme macro range.
reviewer#9805 date: Jan-18-2012
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:Tamron SP90
price paid:400 USD (used)
positive:- Sharp on F2.8
- Minolta color
- Creamy bokeh
negative:
missing
comment:Is my lovely lens, I use to macro and portrait.
creamy bokeh and rich of minolta color.
Is one of my collection lens, will keep it forever ... :)
reviewer#9428 date: Sep-16-2011
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:
missing
price paid:270 EUR
positive:+ sharp
+ bokeh
+ build like a tank
+ almost everything else
negative:- slow AF (no show-stopper)
comment:I just love this lens. More than 20 years old, it still amazes me with almost every picture. If you are into macro photography, this is what you want to get. Maybe the AF is a bit faster in the newer versions, but hey... it's a macro lens! Very highly recommended!
reviewer#9420 date: Sep-15-2011
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:Sony 18-70 kit lens
Sigma 18-250
price paid:600 USD
positive:- Sharpness
- Luminosity
- Build
negative:- Slow AF (I know, it's a macro lens)
comment:
missing
reviewer#9211 date: Jul-7-2011
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:
missing
price paid:450 USD
positive:+ Sharp
+ Good build quality
+ colors and contrast
+ Focus limiter
negative:- AF hunting
comment:Great lens for general macro use and it
produces great detail photos. The colors are outstanding.
Highly recommended.
reviewer#9175 date: Jun-24-2011
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 own this lens
compared to:70-210 f4
18-70 kit lens
price paid:425$ (used)
positive:very sharp and very solid build
very little chromatic aberration almost non existing
very good bokeh
negative:it extends when focusing but not much else
comment:A very fun lens to use. Focus is decent with the focus limiter I even managed to do some action shots. Very sturdy well build lens with extreme sharpness from f4 upwards. It also turned out as a very good lens for portraits having an amazing bokeh at f2.8. Also minimum focusing distance is quite decent and can do some photos of insects without scaring them away.
reviewer#9142 date: Jun-16-2011
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:Tokina 100/2.8 Macro
price paid:320
positive:1/1
charp
build quality
negative:very small focus ring
comment:This lens allowed me to make a lot more interesting pictures than my previous Tokina

Quality of the image is 2 level above

I really enjoy my lens

I recommend it
reviewer#9139 date: Jun-16-2011
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:Sony 18-250 f3.5-6.3
Sony 50 f1.8
price paid:423 USD (used mint)
positive:Very sharp
Great bokeh
Focus limiter
Build quality
negative:None
comment:Gotta get used to lens hood / lens cap / focus ring design as it is kinda puzzling at first since you cannot use them all as the lens hood is in the way but once you've figured that one out, you're good to go and capture light with a very good lens.
reviewer#9123 date: Jun-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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:375 $Austalian Used
positive:Brilliant Lens - sharp well built very nice colour and bokeh non rotating front element
negative:AF doesn't work well close up
comment:Brilliant lens - well built, great IQ.
Difficult to imagine a macro that's much better
reviewer#9102 date: Jun-7-2011
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:Minnolta 85mm f1.4
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Sony 50mm f1.4
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Sony 17-70mm (kit lens)
price paid:
missing
positive:- color
- sharp
- bokeh
- well built
negative:- very slow focuse
- very noisy (is it because of its age?)
comment:Some members say it's good for portrait. I don't think so. It's very slow focus. And color for portrait photography is just weird. It does its work - macro photography.
reviewer#9000 date: May-9-2011
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:
missing
price paid:340 USD
positive:Sharp!
Easy to MF
Focus limiter
Bokeh is beautiful
negative:Just like the beercan the focus ring is inaccessible with the hood backwards.
Lens cap
comment:I dont know what Minolta was thinking when they designed with lens caps or the position of the focu ring. I always end up replacing the lens caps with center pinch third party caps and the lens hoods with screw on rubber ones.

These are just minor things that bug me for some reason however like I said it is a simple fix that cost about $15 per lens.
reviewer#8999 date: May-8-2011
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:Minolta 50 mm f2.8 macro
price paid:219 GBP
positive:SHARP !!!
Minolta colour
Good
Focus Limiter
Build
Inexpensive for the quality
negative:None
comment:The ratings say it all
reviewer#8272 date: Nov-19-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:200 USD (used)
positive:Sharp.
Natural Color.
Focal Length.
Fast for Macro.
Magnification 1:1.
AF works at Macro Scale
negative:Noisy.
comment:This macro lens is great for macro photography and is a beautiful lens when its finish is unblemished. I love the build. Macro lenses when using high magnification usually require manual focusing - this lens is geared just right to permit AF at near 1:1 magnification by screw-drive on both my A100 and A700 bodies. I sold mine because I didn't find myself doing much macro - there's just too many people who care more than I about the macro world - I'll just look at their pictures!

The IQ can't be beat, really. That's what makes this lens worth buying.

reviewer#8171 date: Nov-3-2010
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:$400 CAD (Used)
positive:Very sharp
Has a focus limiter
Bokeh is very smooth
Very little distortion
Longer working distance compared to 50mm macro
negative:CA wide open
AF is slow (to be expected for macros though focus limiter helps)
comment:I much prefer this lens to the 50mm F2.8 macro mainly for the longer working distance. This is an issue people might have with their 50mm macro lenses, that is the main plus side of having the 100mm F2.8 macro lens. You do not need to be as as close to the subject to get it in focus at 1:1. There is a little distortion (pincushion) though it most likely will not be noticeable unless you shoot along straight lines. And again like the 50mm F2.8 macro this can work as a dual purpose lens, for both macro and portrait, and it works better as a portrait lens due to the longer focal length and the help of the focus limiter. That way the lens will not have to cycle through the whole focal plane and only half.

This is a very good lens for anyone that would like to pursue marco photography as it provides the much needed longer working distance as apposed to the 50mm F2.8 marco as small insects are often skittish when you get to close to them.
reviewer#8032 date: Sep-30-2010
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:Minolta 35-70 f4 macro
price paid:350 usd (used) prime
positive:Just about everything.
negative:Does spend some valuable time hunting for focus in low light. But then it comes through.
comment:B&H had a batch of these a few years back, new and in the box, for a ridiculously low price. I was too naive and too broke to jump on the deal. So a few years later I spent what is to me a small fortune to get my hands on one, still from B&H.
The incredible color jumps out at you the first. The boken is exquisite. Then the detail of the focus image will stun and amaze. Sure, it hunts around in low light, but it will lock in. Heck, I shoot the 35-70 manually so I shoot the 100 manually and there is no fuss. Now I love the 35-70 and it has never been far from the camera, it too has great boken and I love its detail, (I have two copies). But this lens, oh my, so sharp, such incredable detail. This was the last lens I had on my list (that I could afford). Now I want the 100mm soft. I am thrilled and it has not left my camera since it came.
reviewer#7986 date: Sep-17-2010
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:90mm Sigma macro
price paid:400 US (Used)
positive:Solid, Amazingly Sharp, great boken.
negative:I keep bumping the focus limit switch. Kinda slow on the focus, but to be expected on a macro lens.
comment:owned this lens a few days, but it is amazing. This thing is built like a tank. The macro shots are super sharp. It's a little expensive but well worth it. Before I use a Sigma for my macro shots, but never again. Gave the Sigma to my son. All my macro from now on will be with this lens.
reviewer#7946 date: Sep-6-2010
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:Min 50Macro RS
Min 100 Soft Focus
price paid:usd 318 used
positive:Minolta colors
Very high detail resolution
negative:Too slow for butterflies
comment:I bought and used the 50/2.8 Macro before I bought this -- but I don't think I've used the 50 since. This is a perfect lens for spiders and lizards, grasshoppers and caterpillars -- things in the garden that essentially stay put for a minute or two.

I really like the color on this lens, which appears particularly deeply Minolta.
reviewer#7701 date: Jul-19-2010
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:Min 28-85 mini-beercan
Min 70-210 beercan
price paid:270 USD (clean used)
positive:I can find nothing to fault with this lens, save for possibly the small manual focus ring, as others have already commented.
negative:Nothing!
comment:If you know how to use such a lens properly, you will find this one incredible. I've used it for only available outdoor light macro, and had no problems with flare at all, while not even using a hood. The color using Velvia was very saturated, like the beercan. My example is mechanically perfect, pretty amazing for an old lens. For me, the main benefit is the sharpness--fantastic detail emerges, really useful for cropping images, which I do frequently.
reviewer#7226 date: Apr-1-2010
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:Quantaray (Sigma) 50mm f2.8 macro
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 (Big Beercan)
Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 (New)
Sony 18-200mm f3.5-6.3
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Very sharp
negative:Heavy by today's standards
Does not have circular aperture blades
comment:I just got this lens and I love it! Using it hand-held is a bit different from using my 50mm macro so I know it will take some time to get used to it, but so far I have no complaints.
reviewer#7164 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:
missing
price paid:$300
positive:Excellent Sharpness
Good flare control even without hood
Great build quality
negative:Focus hunting
comment:An excellent macro lens with good working distance, excellent sharpness, and very good build quality.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 70
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.99
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.91

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