Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO A-mount lens review by lattiboy
|lattiboy#3975 date: Aug-17-2008|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||75-300mm Minolta Big Beercan|
70-210mm Minolta Beercan
|positive:||1) Colors and bokeh|
2) Sharpness is excellent throughout the 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.