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

reviewer#10961 date: Mar-4-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Vivitar 100mm 3.5 macro
Sigma 400mm 5.6 apo
price paid:90.00GBP (used)?
positive:Minolta colour.
negative:no focus limiter.
focus lock button less than positive in use.

Some CA if you look for it.
comment:I had this lens in my 7000i days. I bought it especially for use at airshows. It was the best I could afford at the time. I found it hunted terribly with the relatively small (by today's standards) AF sensor (although I think the 7000i had a class leading AF sensor in it's day). I would switch to manual focus forgetting that with this camera it automatically switched the meter mode to centre weighted from multi-pattern, so the results were often under exposed and disappointing. So it would be fair to say my technique was somewhat lacking and so if I had persevered I may have got better results.

I never made much use of the lens with either my Dynax 7 or A100, and the lens went on long term/permanent loan to my daughter who took up photography while at art school, along with my 7000i.

As she didn't really get bitten with the photography bug, and seeing as I now have the A77 I thought I'd "borrow" this lens back and check it out again. I was really pleased with the results I got today out in some mid afternoon sunshine. It's actually quite sharp! Although I have to agree with comments below about getting the sun behind you! I don't have the hood (never did) and I suspect that it would benefit from one.

This lens might just be the ticket for you if you can pick one up for a reasonable price, but I really think that prices generally for minolta lenses like these are somewhat inflated by the reputation of "beercans" and other high end minoltas. Don't pay over the top.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania