Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO A-mount lens review by Milan33m

reviewer#41972 date: Dec-19-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL 500 Reflex F 8.0, Big Beercan, Beercan, MAF 100-300 APO and all 100-300 non APO versions, MAF-75-300 all versions, MAF 28-135.
price paid:ca.280 GBP
positive:Long distance zoom 100-400, not so much heavy and not so expensive, well built, good colours, good minimum distance. Good for aviation pictures and birding.
negative:May be lack of tripod stand. Difficult to find and quite expensive on second-hand ebay market in the EU. Difficult to find with the Lens Hood and original bag.
comment:This is my second example of this lens. The first of it was mooving so hardly, probably it was broken inside. But, it was really sharp. The second one, is also sharp, good working. In comparison to Sony SAL 500 Reflex F 8.0, it is a bit less sharp, but it is more useful for aviation, as it is zooming. It is more sharper than all my MAF 100-300 and 75-300 I had. Beercans were better built, but also much heavier. It's more affordable in pricing than SAL 70-400mm, but has no motor in. Difficult to find and quite expensive on second-hand ebay market in the EU. Examples from Japan are cheaper in purchasing, but Customs duty and fees can be additional cost. Nice lens for a good price, worth to have in your bag.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.47
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 4.65
  • flare control: 4.41
  • overall: 4.47
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