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

reviewer#10155 date: Apr-28-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300s (All)
Sigma 75-300 APO
Sigma 70-300 APO macro
Tamron 70-300 (572D)
price paid:20 GBP
positive:Sharp, even at 300
negative:PF where you expect it.
Motorised zoom.
comment:If you have a good copy, keep it. If not, sell it.

This current copy of mine ia as good as all the 75-300s above 200, very sharp even at 300 'hand held'.

It does need a hood to combat flare, but the original hood, which came fiited with lens is very effective.

I picked this copy up along with a fully functional 7xi and 28-80xi zoom for £33 on ebay, all in almost mint condition. Regardless of the price this is a much underated lens, but i have had a very poor copy of this lens, so beware. I think I just got lucky.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 27
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 4.41
  • build: 4.15
  • distortion: 4.26
  • flare control: 3.85
  • overall: 4.13
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