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

reviewer#9606 date: Nov-18-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 SP 70 - 300 USD
price paid:£140.00
positive:Light and compact very sharp
lovely deep saturated colours sharp wide open
negative:zoom creep bit noisy focusing
comment:I think this is a great little lens that I dont think can be bettered I can only asume it would equal or better the Sony 70-300 G because it is clearly sharper than the Tamron. It is as sharp wide open as it is right up to f11 but the contrast is a tad low wide open I used it on a A580 it amazed me how clear and sharp it is and the focusing was OK. Used on my A77 the focusing is a lot faster no messing and little hunting what a shame they dont make them any more

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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