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

reviewer#4596 date: Dec-30-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tokina 400mm SD
Minolta 80-200mm xi
price paid:400 USD used
positive:Build quality
Colours
Speed
Fast autofocus
Sharpness
negative:Zoom creep
comment:Only just got this lens the day before Christmas but took it out to photograph my kids on their new bikes. Was impressed with the speed of autofocus and on processing the raws later on the colours that the lens gives - very vibrant and real. The focus is a little soft at 400mm but overall this lens is so sharp. Coming from the xi lens with its motorised zoom I was a little disappointed with the zoom creep if the lens goes out of the horizontal but this is something I will get used to. I see this lens being used regularly alongside my main walkaround 28-80mm xi zoom.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.48
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 4.65
  • flare control: 4.41
  • overall: 4.48
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