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

reviewer#2895 date: Oct-31-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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:200/2.8 apo G HS, with 1.4xTC apoII
price paid:500€ (?) new
positive:Great zoom range, especially on APS-C; Lightweight and compact
negative:Hunts in low light; Not razor sharp; Sometimes hazy, no sparkling colors; zooms out when held upside down
comment:This summer, the lens, after 16 years, failed: a guiding pin and a small spring fell out; Costs 250 € to have this fixed nowadays, which I will not do.
Replaced by 200/2.8 apo G HS with 1.4TC;
Note that in spite of the minuses I list above, I have operated the 100-300 with pleasure for all these years.

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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