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

reviewer#10962 date: Mar-4-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Tamron AF 28-200 F3.8-5.6 Aspherical; Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 SAL1870;Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
price paid:EUR 150 (used)
positive:Range in APS-C
Size and weight
negative:Sharpness on longer ranges
Zoom creep
comment:I bought this lens for it's range in combination with it's size and weight. Although I made some lovely pictures with it, I cannot say that there is some kind of magic between me and this lens.

When photographing moving objects (cars, planes) on longer distances, I miss something. It just isn't that sharp enough to impress. Next to that I miss a bit of color magic.

As I said, made some lovely pictures on shorter ranges but as I bought it with the range as important argument, this is not my favorite lens.

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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