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

reviewer#3975 date: Aug-17-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:75-300mm Minolta Big Beercan
100-200mm Minolta
100-300mm Minolta
70-210mm Minolta Beercan
price paid:
positive:1) Colors and bokeh
2) Sharpness is excellent throughout the range
3) Range
4) Build quality
5) Size for range
negative:1) Focus speed (could be my copy)
2) A little soft wide-open over 350mm
comment:This lens is pretty rare to come by. It isn't nearly as available as the 100-300mm APO and is usually a sight more expensive. I took it out to some parks here in Seattle and caught some really nice portraits of people. The bokeh is AMAZING. Also, insultingly sharp (to model) at f/8 and above. VERY sharp wide-open throughout the range. Perhaps SOME softening at 380mm, but not much.

I believe it to be superior to the beercan for sharpness and bokeh, with an additional 190mm of reach. This lens is QUITE compact for the range. A keeper for me. I prefer it to the limited use I had of the 70-300mm G....and you'll pay about $250 less for this one.

PS I'm going by the review guidelines for this one. I am going to go through my previous reviews and update accordingly.

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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