Minolta AF 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 APO A-mount lens review by Bahudda
|Bahudda#10912 date: Feb-7-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tokina 100-300mm f4|
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM
Tamron 70-200mm f2.8
Minolta 70-210mm f4
Minolta 100-300mm f3.5-4.5 [non APO or D]
|price paid:||$110 USD|
|positive:||Light weight |
Color & contrast
|negative:||Very little for the price paid|
|comment:||This lens is part of my two lens light weight Minolta color kit. It is typically paired with the MinO 28-105mm f3.4-4.5 RS. I use these two mostly for landscape and rarely use them for portraiture. The Sony & Tamron 70-200mm work much better for portraiture. It is much lighter than the metal Tokina 100-300mm f4. In image quality it is as good as the Tokina and Minoltas but just under the Sony & Tamron f2.8's. It renders images in a similar fashion to the Minolta Beercan without the luscious bokeh of the Beercan. It is not quite up to the micro-contrast of the f2.8's yet it has its own charm and character that makes it a fun and reliable lens. |
This lens has all of the advantages of the non APO/D version without its drawbacks of heavy CA.
I would recommend this budget lens to anyone who wants good quality glass at a reasonable price.