Minolta AF 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 APO A-mount lens review by Bstrom650

reviewer#11715 date: Mar-7-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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:My 35-70/4 Maxxum lens is similar in operation and also produces very nice images for the age and technology of the day.
price paid:$67 shipped
positive:Just had a super clean sample delivered off eBay today. Excellent condition inside and out. Sufficiently fast optically to cover my shooting situations. Very responsive AF albeit with the typical screw drive whirs and clunks, but quick and accurate.

Took a few quick test images and was pretty impressed with the images. A few flash pix revealed very good sharpness even at wide open. Soft corners of course, but quickly improves when stopped down. This will make a nice race track lens.
negative:The screw drive AF is about all I can complain about. It was expected though, so I really don't care...
comment:I'm new to the Sony/Minolta experience, having come from Nikon gear. Love the light weight of the Maxxums on my a65 and am looking at using this gear for video primarily although it takes excellent stills. Build quality is clearly prosumer at best but I am quite easy on my gear so it is not an issue.

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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