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

reviewer#10011 date: Mar-9-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:Sony 70-300G
Sony 18-200
price paid:$80, IIRC
positive:Lightweight
Compact
Focus hold button
negative:Not very sharp
Feels a bit cheap
Chromatic abberation
comment:I got this lens in a fit of serious tele lust, when 200mm was my maximum reach. There was a good deal here on Dyxum, so I figured "why not?" Shortly thereafter, I got the 70-300G, and I almost sold this lens. Then I got a 102AW slingshot, and discovered that there was no way the G lens was going to fit in that. So the 100-300 became the slingshot long lens. It's done well at times, not so well at other times.

It's not very sharp, and under challenging conditions (high contrast, backlit), the fringing and chromatic aberration are very apparent. But put the sun behind you, stop it down a bit, and you can sometimes get very useable images. It's not the most solid lens in the world; if I ever fumble while sitting on the motorcycle changing lenses, I'm sure that will be the end of this lens. I'd probably buy a 70-300mm plastic fantastic to replace it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 31
  • sharpness: 3.73
  • color: 4.23
  • build: 3.77
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 3.81
  • overall: 3.93
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