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

reviewer#39941 date: Sep-22-2017
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 AF 70-210mm F4
Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G
price paid:€ 45 (Used)
positive:* Compact
* Cheap
* Constant aperture
negative:* CA when used wide open
* Long MFD
comment:Nice little zoom lens, cheap to get and delivers good pictures.

Compared to the famous beercan, this lens is a little slower (F4.5 vs. F4 of the beercan), but in most situations, that is not a problem. Optimal sharpness already at F5.6 (with the beercan, you need F8). Bokeh of the beercan is considerably better than this lens, and the beercan has a much shorter MFD.

AF speed is reasonable, what you would expect from a lens like this.

Compared to the Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G, this lens seems like a joke, but so does the price as it costs only a fraction of the price you pay for the 80-200mm F2.8.

There is visible CA when used wide open. Nothing out of the ordinary. It produces less CA than my beercan.

All in all a nice little zoomlens that you can get for next to nothing. It performs at least as well as the beercan, with the exception of the bokeh and the MFD.

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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