Minolta AF 100-300mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by mikejhart32

reviewer#6633 date: Dec-24-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 55-200
Sigma 70-300 APO
Tamron 70-300
price paid:60 GBP
positive:super compact
power zoom
negative:power focus
not macro
comment:I wish I had not sold this lens. Its small size and lightweight make it a great walkabout lens for wildlife.
Needs stopping down at 300mm for sharpness, but good throughout the range.
Power zoom is great, but may drain your battery faster
Power focus is difficult, but most use AF anyway.
If you like to travel light, this would be a good option.

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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