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

reviewer#44115 date: Aug-13-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Multiple versions of older non-G Minolta 80-200, 70-210, 75-300.
price paid:GBP 20
positive:Solid metal build, fast accurate focus.
negative:Awkward range on APS-C, MFD.
comment:This is a beautiful lens, built to last forever and a delight to use - but it is not a very useful lens. Even on FF its range is very limited, on APS-C its 150-300mm equivalent is not one that is likely to attract many. Despite this it would be a 'must have' if it had the macro capabilities of most of its 1985 stablemates - but it doesn't. Its MFD of 1.9m is very disappointing.
Such a shame as it is a superb lens that can be bought for peanuts, I would never get rid of mine.
Sharpness is good for a zoom, color is Minolta, build is rock solid metal construction, distortion is barely relevant these days as its so easy to correct and flare control is better than most lens of its vintage.
PS I have no idea how another reviewer can criticise it as 'plasticky', were they reviewing the right lens?
Update: Spent a day with this lens on my A900, my first extended use on FF - and I love it even more! If only it had some macro capability!

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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