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

reviewer#4598 date: Dec-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta "beercan" 70-210/4
price paid:580?
positive:Light (for the focal range)
Relatively sharp
negative:Slow
comment:I got this lens hoping to do some nature photography. At 400mm, it is good for birding, but only when there is good sunlight. Image stabilization can only help so much at 400mm, so you'll find yourself pushing up the ISO to get a sharp picture when using the long end handheld. I'm quite pleased with this lens; it's great compromise between speed, long telephoto, and size/weight.

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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