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

reviewer#5856 date: Aug-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 (Big Beercan), Tamron 70-300, Sony 75-300
price paid:
positive:A surprising lens - performed far better than I expected especially sharp at both the wide and long end. Very similar to the 100-200 but with more reach.
negative:Very little. It needs a hood but once I added a three stage rubber threaded hood all flare and chroma problems became non existent.
comment:This is great lens for travel, light, effective and sharp. Fast focusing, with good Minolta colour. When coupled with a Minolta 28-105mm and a couple of primes (20mm F2.8 & 50mm F1.7 it gives a very good travel or hiking kit that will provide a good image under almost any circumstances.

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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