Cosina AF 100mm F3.5 MC macro A-mount lens review by jakubh70

reviewer#8862 date: Apr-3-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90, Sigma 105, Sony/Minolta 100
price paid:
positive:Good overall sharpness and geometry, matched achromat to 1:1 macro added
negative:Cheap build,
comment:I used to have this lens branded as Soligor. Really good optics, great sharpness, contrast is rather low, helping from overburning lights (you can add contrast in post-processing easily if you like).
This lens is low priced alternative to more expensive 1:1 macros. It may look cheap, autofocus works slow, but is sharp as a knife from edge to edge. Buy it for 100EUR and you'll be lucky. Watch out - there should be dedicated 1:1 macro achromat attached.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania