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

reviewer#44169 date: Nov-12-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 20mm f2.8
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Sigma 50mm 1.4
Minolta 85mm 1.4
Minolta 70-210mm f4
Zeiss 24-70mm 2.8
Zeiss 135mm 1.8
price paid:120€
positive:- Very cheap price for the value
- Light
- Very convenient range for wildlife
- Nice bokeh (Minolta touch)
I bought this lens in March 2018 for shooting wildlife with my A900 (bought in 2009, still statisfied with it and my other Minolta lenses). For the price, this lens is a very good bargain. You can get decent shots with it, after some lightroom post-production.The lens is quite light for a telezoom. Of course it's not a pro lens, but if you shoot 1 hour birds in flight, you'll get some sharp pics for sure. Just make sure you're on the AF spot mode (on a A900) and that you shoot at least a 1/640th.
negative:For the price you can get it now (average for 250$ on Ebay), there is nothing to complain about.
comment:If you want to start wildlife photography without spending more than 300$ in a telezoom, I think it's worth to consider this lens. The AF of my old" Alpha 900 is not very fast, but I can still get decent shots with this combo. (I will post some in the gallery).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 52
  • sharpness: 4.42
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 4.17
  • distortion: 4.62
  • flare control: 4.38
  • overall: 4.45
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