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

reviewer#46863 date: Jun-2-2022
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Sony 70-400 G MKI
price paid:£200 used
positive:Lightweight
Sharp
negative:Hunts in low light.
Fairly slow to focus.
comment:Well as a new owner of this old lens, I am more than happy with it. I already owned a 70-400 G and was so pleaased there was a lens half the weight that performed just as well.
Yes, it has a f-stop of 6.7 at 400mm, but it still performs very well on my Sony A99 on A setting.
Shots taken so far show that f8 to f11 are optimal, which is fine for such a long focal lenghth lens.
The bonus is that I do not have to lug the 70-400 around all the time, as that is almost twice the weight.
Maybe my copy is exceptional, but I cannot see any chromatic aberration and the test shots I have taken so far are really acceptable.
Very rare to see these on the UK market, so I was lucky to get this exceptionally good lens.

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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