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

reviewer#3215 date: Jan-29-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 (beercan)
Minolta 75-300 (big beercan)
Sony 18-200
Minolta 100-200
Sony 70-200 G
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp even at 400mm
lightweight for such zoom lens
negative:Slow AF
comment:First thing I noticed when I received this lens is that it is much smaller and lighter than I expected from such lens.
Then image quality at 400mm was another good surprise. It is comparable with the beercan.
On the negative side, I must mention the slow Autofocus. I was also a bit afraid to buy it because of the relatively high price for such an old lens (for the same price I can buy a new Sigma 170-500mm). But I guess it worth the price!

PS - Many reviewer on this site mentioned the lack of a tripod mount as a disadvantage. I loaded my camera with this lens on my tripod (attaching to the camera) and it was stable. The lens is light enough, therefore there is no need for a tripod mount.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania