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

reviewer#7150 date: Mar-25-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 70-300 APO
Vivitar Series 1 70-300
price paid:201 USD (used)
positive:Sharp
Little CA
Bold Colours
negative:Zoom creep
Hunts in low light
comment:Can't add much to the previous reviews. Zoom creeps badly when lens is held 'front up' or 'front down'. Very slightly sharper than the Sigma APO, slightly sharper than the Vivitar in 'formal' tests. You probably won't see a difference in normal use. A bit soft at 300 mm f5.6, though surprisingly sharp at f11. (I didn't test at f8). As expected, almost negligible CA - only shows very slightly when wide open - not visible at f11 or f22. Colour is Minolta all the way - dramatically different than the Vivitar, which is very muted/pastel. Recommended - nothing wrong with this lens at all...

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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