Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO A-mount lens review by photomind

reviewer#1314 date: Oct-13-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 200-400, Tokina 80-400
price paid:
positive:Sharp IQ, great colors, and nice bokeh. It is also a great walk around longer zoom lens due to its relatively light weight and compact size.
negative:Slow - f6.3(yes, can go as LOW as 6.3 instead of 6.7) at 400mm with either 7D or Sony A100
comment:When viewing my photos I often had no trouble in distinguishing which photos were from which telephoto lenses except those taken with Minolta 100-400mm APO; they were just sharper. It is an excellent lens in terms of IQ, bokeh, and colors. Using it handheld in the field is pretty easy. 100mm is good enough for shorter distant shots. Unlike other telephoto zoom lens it provides sharp IQ at all ranges. Sold my first copy in order to get a longer lens but regretted it right after. I eventually bought another copy again.

If you are looking for a sharp telephoto zoom lens and don't care too much about the speed this is a perfect one for consideration.

There is an excellent review here in AF Tele-converters Quick Reference Guide forum: comparing Minolta 100-300mm APO, 100-400mm APO, 200mm G + 2X TCs, and 400mm f/5.6 lenses.

Sold my first copy to get a longer lens but regretted it and missed it so much right after. I eventually bought another copy again.


rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 50
  • sharpness: 4.46
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.18
  • distortion: 4.66
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.47
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