Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5 A-mount lens review by Pirate

reviewer#10387 date: Jul-17-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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:Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 Macro 'Beercan'
Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5 Macro
Sigma AF 55-200mm DC
Minolta AF 70-200mm F/2.8 APO HS G
Tamron AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF)
price paid:£0.00 (Bundled)
positive:Size
Lightweight
Build Quality
Focal Length
Lens Hood
Size
Price
negative:MFD
comment:This is the alternative cheaper option to the venerable F4 'Beercan'. Whilst it's not considered to be one of the 'must have' lenses from the Minolta back catalogue, it does have a useful focal range and doubles up fairly well as a walkabout lens mainly due to is weight.

IQ is acceptable whilst not being stellar, but is far better than some other optics in the short/medium zoom category.

An alternative to more expensive glass that covers the same range, it's well built and is lightweight. A generous lens hood stops flare and overall a nice little lens to have at hand. Maybe one that's overlooked in favour of others, but it doesn't have the kudos like the F4 'Beercan'. It's very affordable but don't let the price fool you. I produces nice bokeh, classic Minolta colours and very acceptable IQ.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 128
  • sharpness: 4.37
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 4.58
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.04
  • overall: 4.43
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