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

reviewer#8207 date: Nov-8-2010
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300
Various Canon-mount lenses
price paid:415
positive:Compact. Great range. Fast AF. Sharp when accurately focused.
negative:Needs good light. Noisy AF. No tripod collar. Vignetting wide-open even on APS-C.
comment:I bought this lens as an inexpensive stopgap solution until I can afford a Sony 70-400. Good color and contrast. Backfocuses a bit on my A33, but sharp manually-focused up to about 300mm, acceptable past that. Nice build quality for the class...obviously no weather-sealing, but other than that it's built to last. Zoom and manual focus are smooth and well-damped. Could use a tripod ring.

This lens is in an interesting class, since it used to be priced as a midrange lens and it can now be found for low-end prices. It's excellent for a low-end lens...reasonably sharp, great range, slow but it works fine in good light. I'd highly recommend it if you need 400mm, can't afford something better, and don't expect miracles.

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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