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

reviewer#3217 date: Jan-29-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:- Beercan
- Sigma 70-300 APO
- Big Beercan
price paid:600 USD (new?)
positive:- Surprise sharp full open
- Sharp at 400
- F6.3 in stead of F6.7
- Relative light weight
- Metal/Plastic body
negative:- Don't need it perse, but tripod mount could be helpful
- My copy is a bit neutral, could have done with more contrast
- Slow AF, was expected
- Zoom creep
comment:I Like this lens very much. Bought it in Japan as second hand, but I guess it is new. No scratches or anything. Included with lens caps, Hood and storage box.
I like that this lens is sharp wide open. Especially for this range I think it is very sharp, even at 400mm F6.3.
Compared to the Big Beercan it is not that heavy, it fits nicely in your hands. The build is also good, although the zoom part of the lens is plastic and extend a bit when at 400mm. But, well ... not really a negative. Compared to the Beercan, it is a bit softer wide open and the beercan has better contrast and bokeh, but that's what PP is for!
For the range can't go wrong with this lens! If you have the money and need the range, go for it!

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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