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

reviewer#9437 date: Sep-18-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
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:100-400 APO
100-300 APO
price paid:New
positive:Lightweight, very easy to zoom with Xi motorisation.
Very sharp at F8.
negative:Purple fringe with sunny pictures. Flare too.
comment:It's a very ligthtweiht zoom with an excellent ring mecanism. It's also possible to adjust focusing with the ring on the fly.

It reach's is best resolution at F8 and it's as good as the 100-400 APO at F11 ! At F5.6, it is also sharper than then 100-300 APO.

It realise a very good job, sometimes better than bigger zooms.
The main problem remain's purple fringes.

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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