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

reviewer#8883 date: Apr-7-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:no other macro
price paid:
positive:Full macro with adaptor
negative:Nothing for the price
comment:Great bargain, especially if you either are not yet a hardcore macro enthusiast or on a tight budget or just want the option of a 1:1.

I felt the urge to try macro, without knowing whether I wanted to take it desperately seriously I got the cheapest lens I could find! build quality looks naff and feels worse - but... I don't see many reviews stating that its misaligned or misfocusses? so it can't be that bad a build. Shame that 1:1 is only possible with an adaptor becasue that gives you something to lose and something else to scratch.

All in all I'd recommend if you are on a budget and want to have a go at macro photography.

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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