Minolta AF 100-300mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by Mink
|Mink#1443 date: Nov-19-2006|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 75-300APO, |
M100 f/2.8 macro,
|positive:||Compact, light, sharp at 100mm|
|negative:||Very soft at 300mm, manual focus is a pain.|
|comment:||I've had this lens for many years - bought it with a 7xi body. Wasn't really wild about it then, and I'm not now, with my digital bodies. |
This lens shows amazing detail at 100mm - it's not even shamed by the 100mm macro - but this resolution is spoiled by poor contrast, and it doesn't extend to 300mm where resolution is dreadful at f/5.6, improving only slightly as you stop down.
The motor-driven zoom has its pro's and con's, but the motorised manual focus is really not practical.
The best thing I can say about this lens is that it's really compact.