Minolta AF 100mm F2 A-mount lens review by overeema

reviewer#11892 date: Jul-4-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 16-80 DT F3.5-4.5
Sony G 70-300 SSM F4.5-5.6
Tamron Di II 60 F2 Macro
Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS (E-mount)
Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5
Minolta AF 50 F1.7
Sony 18-105mm G F4 PZ OSS (E-mount)
price paid:€ 300 (used)
positive:Great lens with absolutely superb sharpness and contrast even at full aperture. Works flawlessly with Alpha 350. Even after about 20 years of age no sign of wear.
Good bokeh. Light weight compared to zooms despite metal barrel.
negative:Drains battery by constant and noisy refocusing (can be prevented with a lens cap). No ADI-function.
comment:Bought this lens from a friend who used to have it with Minolta 9000. No regret. Worth every penny.
Update 2015: Excellent for portrait although the focal length at APS-C of my 50 and 60 mm are more convenient.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 75
  • sharpness: 4.93
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.99
  • flare control: 4.59
  • overall: 4.87
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