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

reviewer#3047 date: Dec-6-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4 beercan
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Minolta 100-300 APO D
Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro
price paid:
positive:sharp, even at 400mm and wide open
compact for the range
nice bokeh
negative:a tripod mount would have been nice, but I've mostly used it hand-held
comment:Well, I've waited long enough to add my results with this lens. In the past I've had the 100-200 f4.5, the 70-210 beercan, two 100-300 APO Ds, and now the 100-400 APO and it's the best of all. A general synopsis with all these lenses would be something like this - I had the 100-200 f4.5 first and it was an excellent lens, giving me better results than I ever got with the beercan. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about with the beercan which seems to me to be rather average and large and heavy to boot. The 100-200 was a better deal all around, but I did want some more range. I likewise was not satisfied with my first 100-300 APO D and ended up getting rid of it, but after I kept hearing all the great results that others were getting, I picked up another and it performed quite satisfactorily, a keeper. I keep the 100-300 APO D for hiking distances when weight is an issue and use the 100-400 APO at all other times whenever I can.

This lens is sharp, sharp and sharp, right out to 400mm, and I get great results wide-open. I've had several prints hanging on my walls for some time that were made at 400mm both with the 5D and A100 and I am still astounded when I look up at the amount detail in these. It's results are quite on a par with my 100mm f2.8 macro and my CZ16-80. This lens is in my permanent collection.

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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