Minolta AF 100-300mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by flyingscot4
|flyingscot4#7205 date: Mar-31-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||75-300mm Big Beercan|
100-300mm APO D
|price paid:||$90 USD|
slow power zoom
|comment:||I have a pretty good copy, I guess. I am having a difficult time with making the decision to sell it. My 100-300 APO stays, the 70-210's are all going except one Beercan and a 70-210 3.5-4.5, but I think that I'll hang on to the "xi" for awhile. I do like it better than the Big Beercan in almost every way so that lens is going too. |
Like most zooms, it is a little soft wide open throughout the entire range, but I kind of like the softness for portraiture (usually 5.6/100th at 100mm. I use the lens at f11/500th in bright light and control the shutter speed with an ND filter which seems to provide a little more snap.
I am not in love with this lens, but I like it enough to keep it.