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

reviewer#7230 date: Apr-1-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 55-200 F4-5.6 (APS-C)
Minolta 70-210 F4
Sony 100 F2.8 Macro
price paid:GBP 170
positive:+ Compact and lightweight
+ Good colour
+ APO works....lack of CA
negative:- Soft. Need to stop down to f/8, even then not as sharp as beercan
- Bokeh not as smooth as beercan
- Doesn't have the same 3d look as beercan / 28-135 etc
- VERY slow AF, slower than beercan.
comment:I didn't really warm to this lens.

The first mistake I made was comparing it at 100mm to my 100 Macro :-)

I took this lens on two holidays and I don't think I printed a single photo taken with this lens... it just seems to be missing the beercan magic.

Then I compared my beercan + Kenko 1.4x TC to this lens and realised I could always turn my beercan in to a 100-300/5.6 with better performance, so there was no point in having this 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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania