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

reviewer#3866 date: Jul-20-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 400 G
price paid:548 USD used
positive:Range
Weight
Size
Price
negative:Zoom creep
Rotating focus ring
comment:Since I originally posted this review, the 70-400CZ has been released. I know that's the one I want but for now the 100-400 APO will have to do. I don't get to shoot at extreme distance often enough to justify the expense of a major upgrade. On an a900, toggling from FF to APS-C gives 600mm images as well. Zoom creep is not that big of a deal because I only reach for this lens when extreme range is required and this is not a practical walking around lens. Unless you are a professional and have the requirement or you're a wealthy collector, the 400G makes no sense due to size, weight and price although I'd love to play with one.

Check out this 100% crop at http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/netqwik/DSC00074.jpg

This lens can be quite sharp in the right conditions:
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/netqwik/DSC01231.jpg

Update - This lens is excellent for the price but it does not render colors like my awesome G's. Editing is usually required.


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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