Minolta AF 100-300mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by Wordfreak
|Wordfreak#6287 date: Oct-28-2009|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Beercan Minolta 70-210 f4|
Minolta 80-200 2.8
Sony 70-300 G 4.5-5.6
|price paid:||$45 (garage sale)|
reach (300 mm that fits in your pocket)
helpful focus lock
|negative:||not as sharp in less-than-ideal lighting|
manual focus takes some getting used to
|comment:||Best $45 I've ever spent on a lens. Garage sale bargain. :)|
Well worth up to $250 though. Super little lens for what it is: a light, compact zoom that doesn't break the bank. Ideal for popping in your pocket or camera case when out bird watching or on a sunny walk in the park.
It's not the fastest zoom and the manual focus IS THERE, but it does take a bit of getting used to. RTFM and you'll figure out how to focus manually with this lens. It's quite effective once you practice a bit.
Not as heavy as the Beercan (or the Minolta 80-200) and more reach on the long end. A pity it doesn't start at 70mm though. MUCH more affordable than the new Sony 70-300 G 4.5-5.6 with a similar range and its fancy SSM.