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

reviewer#6287 date: Oct-28-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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: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.

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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