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

reviewer#4475 date: Dec-5-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Cosina AF100-400
Tamron AF200-400
Sigma AF400 APO
Sigma AF70-300APO
Sigma AF70-300
Minolta AF100-200
Minolta AF100-300
Minolta AF28-135
price paid:
positive:Very sharp
Autofocus speed
Fair weight
negative:Heavy front glass (be careful)
comment:The lens is significantly sharper and (surprisingly) fast in real life.

Compared to other similar lenses this lens is in fact not very heavy, and produces about the same quality as some 1,5x heavier lenses.
The only issue is the heavy front glass which feels like it excert some mechanical stress on joint of the front part of the barrel (However, nothing that is a practical issue to me as I only shoot horisontally - never vertically).

It is maybe not super-sharp at the long end (towards 400mm where the Tamron AF200-400 is better), but I find it still to be pretty sharp - and more than adaquate. Much sharper than anything else I have had.

Before I managed to find one of these I've used a Cosina AF100-400 F4.5-6.7 with fair results (provided some PP was done to the pictures), but the Minolta is in a completely different legue (it is unfair to compare a VW build Skoda with a Porche, so the Cosina cannot be directly compared to the Minolta).

This lens comes at rather high prices used, but I find that it's still worthwhile to buy if you can find one.

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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