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

reviewer#2934 date: Nov-17-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 100-300mm f4.5-5.6
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-105mm f3.5-4.5
price paid:Ł300
positive:Good sharpeness throughout the range, falling off slightly towards the long end.
Portable (just).
Well built.
Looks fantastic.
negative:A tad on the heavy side, but OK considering the range.
AF hunts a lot in low light.
Needs a tripod in mirky light.
comment:I bought this APO zoom as a measure to prevent me wasting any more cash on "cheap" minolta zooms. I was a after a clear upgrade to my 100-300mm f4.5-5.6, but rather than buying another 300mm zoom with better optics, I chose to go for longer range as well. It took me a while to find this lens, but it was well worth the wait.

Connected to the A700 body, this lens delivers great IQ right across the range, only dropping off slightly at the long end. This lens is very sharp compared to the 300mm zoom and produces results with an excellent colour balance and plenty of detail. At the extreme there can be a little CA, but nothing significant. In good light, this lens can produce really sharp results hand held, however, when it gets a little mirky, a tripod becomes essential.

The lens may not be all metal, but the build quality is still excellent. I'm not sure about zoom creep, however, at 850g this is not the sort of lens that you carry around your neck for long!

With the capabilities that this lens obviously has, Ł300 for a mint example seems like a bargain.

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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