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

reviewer#8310 date: Nov-27-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 70-210 F4.5-5.6 II
Minolta AF 75-300 Big Beercan
Minolta AF 70-210 F4 Beercan
price paid:- (bonus)
positive:sharp
fast focus
CA control
minolta!
negative:motorized manual focus
battery eater
comment:A Big Beercan, kidnapped by aliens, and then turned into cyborg. Those aliens also cut off 25mm from it, but they also add extra protection from CA.

Its motorized manual focus kinda fun, actually.
For this lens, I think it is better to leave it at auto focus. It may miss sometimes, but all you need to do is just zooming out, lock, zooming in.

Btw, those aliens also use the same minolta logo. I wonder why... :P

Update:
Now she is broken. I can't use the powerzoom and the "manual" focus, but there is a switch to change whatever you use the auto zoom (which is powerzoom) or the manual zoom, which is push-pull.
And even I can't use her "manual" focus like before, I still think auto focusing is way better than the "manual" focusing, so, no problem so far.
I believe there is a way to hack her for enabling the real manual zoom tough. I'll update when I figure it out. :)

Update:
Hacked. You can make it's focus fully manual by simply removing the auto-focus screw. Dismantle it from the mount. Here is the article:
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=81534&KW=&PID=946457&title=diys-real-manual-focus-on-xi-series-lenses#946457

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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