Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5 A-mount lens review by andyken
|andyken#10188 date: May-11-2012|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron SP 70-300 f4-5.6 USD|
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 N
Vivitar Series 1 100-400 f4.5-6.7
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO
Sigma 75-300 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
|price paid:||£40 (used)|
Small and light.
Sharp even at full aperture.
|negative:||Slightly limited range on APS-C.|
|comment:||This is a quality lens.|
Having accumulated rather more lenses than I actually need (or use!) I decided to do a shoot-out before deciding which ones are expendable. The Minolta 100-200 f4.5 was the cheapest of all and I expected it to come mid-field at best. I took numerous comparative test shots, primarily at full aperture and f8 and then did an A-B comparison on screen at 100%, looking at both centres and corners.
As expected the Tamron SP came first in every test, but then it is virtually a 'G' class lens and cost more than the lenses in 2nd, 3rd & 4th places combined! In second place (and the cheapest of the lot remember) came the Minolta 100-200 f4.5, just ahead of the Beercan, due to much lower CA (double the price) and the Minolta 100-300 APO, which was the tiniest bit less sharp (three times the price).
This lens is very sharp at full aperture and extremely sharp at every other aperture, as well as being small and light, but at the same time well built. None of the shots showed any significant distortion or flare. Colours were superb.
For the price you can pick one of these gems up for, it ought to be in everyone's collection, in my opinion. Incidentally, my 'compared to' list is in order of excellence. This obviously only reflects my personal findings and opinions. I have to say also that the top 4 lenses all produced excellent results, with a noticeable drop in quality from the bottom 3.