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

reviewer#2570 date: Jul-20-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:70-210/4
price paid:USD 650
positive:-range
-sharpness
negative:-zoom creek
-small "bump" in the zoom (around 350mm) on my copy, nothing that bothers me though
-manual focus could be smoother
-slow
-very slow AF (but I mostly focus manually)
comment:I like this lens, in fact it is one of my favorites to use. It does a superb job at 100-300mm but can be a little soft at 400mm unless you stop down a bit (preferably f8 over the whole range to squeeze out the good sharpness it has), but then it needs lots of light to give nice results (or high ISO). The bokeh is pretty smooth if chosen wisely but my beercan had much smoother bokeh which kind of disappointed me seeing as this one costs a lot more.

In good light it gives fantastic results over the whole range, but be careful using it wide open at 400mm on cloudy days. Bumping up to ISO400 and f8 (which I usually do) on cloudy days does the trick for me though. And I can get sharp results even at 1/60s at 400mm handheld sometimes. AS really works wonders with this lens.

Pictures taken with this lens can be found here:
http://foto.danieljansson.com/p325862328/

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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