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

reviewer#9340 date: Aug-16-2011
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:100-300 xi
100-300 APO
price paid:320 euros
positive:Fast focusing on A33.
Beautyfull bokeh at f6.3.
Steady shot work fine with it, its possible to take very accurate pictures at f6.3, 1/100 sec without any tripod .
negative:Double weight than the 100-300 xi.
Zoom ring hard to rotate with the small A33.
comment:Best sharpness at 360 mm and f11 on a tripod.

With the SLT A33, and without a tripod, it's possible to take descent pictures at 360 mm above 1/30 s with the maximum aperture (f6.3). Excellent shots beyond 1/100 s.

No purple fringe comparativly to the Xi zoom but sharpest than the Xi at F6.3 and F8.
It seems also sharpest than 100-300 APO, but then main difference is its weight : twice the 100-300 Apo.

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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