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

reviewer#6027 date: Sep-10-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 70-300mm DL, Minolta 70-210mm f/4, Minolta 135mm f/2.8
price paid:
very pleasing color
reliable AF
decent sharpness of detail
negative:lack of manual focus is a pain
broke after 2 years of heavy use
comment:This is very compact lens that is producing nice colors and good enougfh detail for most photos. If you are looking to get tack-sharp detail - buy beercan or primes instead. Bokeh of this lens is also not as good as from beercan or 135mm f/2.8.
Lack of manual focus is very inconvinient for tough lighting situations.

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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