Cosina AF 100mm F3.5 MC macro A-mount lens review by berlin steve

reviewer#10589 date: Oct-14-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm macro from Minolta and Sigma
price paid:130
positive:it's fantastic
negative:it's plastic
comment:The plastic fantastic, Shoddy feel build quality with surprisingly good optics. I have the Soligor version. It is an excellent performer I use it on my a55, and bought it after going SLT, and my Sigma 50mm macro refusing to work on SLT.

This is like a toy lens. Rattles, whirrs and feels flimsy and lightweight, but boy, will it blow you away on the unexpected great IQ.

Owners have no problem in forgiving the negatives when they actually see what this lens pulls out optically. Worth every penny- and some...

Sharp... yes, very
Colours... almost Minolta like
Price... no macro at this price gets close

it also makes a handy portrait lens if you need to pick out the details.

Try to pick it up with matching 1:1 adapter as these may be harder to get after the fact.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 63
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.48
  • build: 2.78
  • distortion: 4.60
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.13 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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