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

reviewer#10394 date: Jul-18-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Other Minolta 100-300s
Sigma 100-300 f4.5-6.7
price paid:40 GBP used
positive:Very sharp stopped down
Superb colour
negative:CA/PF below f8 at focal lengths above 200.
comment:Can't understand some of the mediocre reviews this lens has received - obviously its hit and miss wether or not you find a good copy. If you do, you won't be disappointed.

This sample is usable wide open becoming very sharp stopped down above f6.3. Sharp upto 275mm and reaonably sharp at 300 if placed on a tripod.

The colour is superb - Minolta at its best.

Build similar to 70-210 f3.5-4.5 and 75-300 new, which I personally like. (much better than a lot of current budget lenses produced by Sony, Sigma and Tamron)

No noticeable distortion or problems with flare (with hood)

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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