Minolta AF 100-300mm xi F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by grose
|grose#7740 date: Jul-27-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||90 USD|
|positive:||Power zoom. Compact lens for the 300mm reach. Not too heavy. Pretty quick AF.|
|negative:||Not very sharp.|
Soft when zoomed out.
Not good in low light conditions
Using MF is not user friendly
|comment:||This is a fun lens to use. The motorized zoom is a neat feature that took a little getting used to. The motor speed is based on how much to turn the zoom dial, and you don't have to turn it much to get a lot of zoom. Some say this motor is going to wear the battery out sooner, and I suppose that is true, but I've never had that situation. I found the photos to be of decent quality, nothing spectacular, but respectable. Photos tend to be soft, especially at the long end. |
UPDATE: The motor/gearing in the xi has quit. Turning the focus activates the motor but the zoom quits almost immediately after 100mm. Basically I now have a 100mm f4.5. Will be selling for parts.