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

reviewer#28616 date: Jun-30-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 70-210 f4 (beercan)
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6 APO (and non APO)
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
price paid:30 USD used
positive:Sharp, lightweight, nice color, solid metal built, 49mm filters. Works well on Sony A7ii and LA-EA4 adapter.
Great deal, very good quality and low price and size. Way better than 100-300 APO, IQ really really close to the 70-210 f4 beercan (some images are better with one or the other)
negative:main gripe is the long MFD (minimum focus distance). Some pincushion distortion.
comment:I was looking for a telephoto for travel for my Sony A7 / A7ii.
The beercan once mounted on the LA-EA4 is very long and does not fit in some bags.
I tested this and the other lenses. In some photos the beercan has slightly more detail, but the 100-200 seems more uniform all around.
Probably with hand held shots it would be hard to tell the difference.
I have not tested the bokeh. I actually feel people will soon get tired of this fad of shallow depth of field (maybe this style is just a reaction to the deep depth of field of camera phone images).
It is way way better than the 70-210 f4.5-5.6.
It is also sharper and a lot more uniform up to the corners compared to the 100-300 APO.
I think I will sell the beercan and look for another very good copy of this 100-200. I will keep the 100-300 for shooting wildlife as it has more reach (but the 100-300 quickly goes to 5.6 max aperture at about 120mm).
The 100-200 is better to shoot buildings, where detail to the edges is important.
Great lens without pretense. delivers sharp images and it is nice to have a small zoom that is still f4.5 at 200mm

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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