Minolta AF 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 APO A-mount lens review by Bahudda

reviewer#10912 date: Feb-7-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Tokina 100-300mm f4
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM
Sony 75-300mm
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 69
  • sharpness: 4.20
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.51
  • flare control: 4.26
  • overall: 4.31
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