Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#18346 date: Sep-6-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 100-400/4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta AF 75-300/4.5-5.6 Big Beercan
Tamron 200-400/5.6
price paid:1900 SEK
positive:Long reach. Very little distortion.
negative:Zoom creep. Hunting above 250mm. Not the best build, maybe my copy was used heavily before I bought it. I had to send to repair after a while, the focus stuck. Repair costed as much as the lens.
comment:Much more hunting than the 75-300. Needs stopping down for center sharpness above 250mm. Sharper and less flares than the Tamron. At the short end sharpest of my compared telezooms. At the long end not that sharp. Needs to stop down to f:11 for edge sharpness above 250mm. Works best with A77/A99 with manual focus override.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 52
  • sharpness: 4.42
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 4.17
  • distortion: 4.62
  • flare control: 4.38
  • overall: 4.45
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