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

reviewer#36831 date: Apr-12-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 "big beercan". At the time (early 90's), I found that the images I shot on film (back to back, in a reasonably controlled test) with the bigger lens had better contrast and a look which pleased me more, good as the 100-200 was.
price paid:I cannot remember
positive:Good sharpness. Small size. Light weight.
negative:Very long minimum focus distance.
comment:I had what the shop called a "show stock" example of this lens, boxed as new, during the early 90's.

I liked it, but I didn't love it. Images were sometimes a bit flat-looking, even when they were sharp. Based on some side-by-side testing I did in the early 90's, my example pleased me less than the 75-300 "big beercan", so I sold or traded it.

From what people are saying about it now, my preference for the bigger lens's imaging qualities is not typical. Maybe I will revisit this one. I have not used one for about a quarter of a century! It is almost certainly as good as the 70-210 3.5-4.5 which replaced the beercan, despite probably retaining for less then half its price when new. I think they compete well on size and weight, too.

I can't really remember much about the distortion or flare performance, so have guessed a little with those.

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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