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

reviewer#11026 date: Apr-9-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Beercan
55-200 on the A77
price paid:65 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness
Size
Weight
Price
Focuses more reliably than the Beercan.
negative:None
comment:My copy of this lens is excellent. It's sharpness wide-open on the A99 is at least equivalent (if not better) to the Beercan. I believe many people miss the potential in lenses like this when they don't adjust their in-camera settings properly or use a program like Lightroom to draw the contrast and resolution out of the RAW image. I highly recommend this inexpensive lens to any A99 user. You'll be very pleased at the detail it reveals. Even at f4.5 on the A99 you still have a lot of leeway into low-light conditions with the camera's high-ISO tolerance.

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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