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

reviewer#12008 date: Oct-24-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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:Normal Minolta 70-210 (not beercan).
price paid:50 EUR
positive:Simple lens, metal built.
Sharp at least at f/6.3.
Great colors.
Excellent image quality for portrait, especially between 100-150mm focal distance.
Leightweight and compact.
Screw size for filter : 49mm.
negative:Flare when shooting against light, easy to have poor image quality.
Minimum focusing distance.
Restrictied zoom range (X2).
Soft at 200mm.
Low speed lens : dont use it below f/6.3, f/8.0 is optimum.
Not built as a high quality lens : be careful of sand and dust !
comment:Excellent lens for portrait, don't forget it in your bag !
For me, the result for a portrait is equivalent to a prime lens, the subject is sharp (at least at f/6.3) and clearly detached from the background (good and strong Bokeh).
Inexpensive, a "must have" for an affordable price.

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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