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

reviewer#1443 date: Nov-19-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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:Sigma 75-300APO,
M100 f/2.8 macro,
Sony 70-300G
Sony 75-300
price paid:
missing
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.

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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