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

reviewer#2063 date: Mar-27-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sigma 105 2.8
50 1.7
price paid:$280
positive:Sharp, fast, Minolta metal construction. Great glass, and at f/2, really nice DOF and Bokeh
negative:Some flare issues, but well controlled if you use the hood. Also, you can't find them easily, and people covet (and probably hoard) them.
comment:Minolta's 100 f/2 is yet another great piece of glass that has become a standout in my collection. It is an interesting range with the 1.5 crop factor of the sony a100 (and I can't wait til I get it on a FF model), and really makes for standout portraits and pictures that need a little pop.

The f/2 allows for a lot more flexibility, including use of a t/c to jump to 140 f/2.8 or 200 f/4.

As everyone says, "If you come across one, buy it." I did... much to the dismay of three other people who went to Adorama that same day to get it for themsleves.

The f/2 models (28, 35, 100) are sadly one of the areas we wont see again. Sony seems happy to make the 1.4s and 1.8s... They don't seem interested in the majority of users that may not be able to throw $1000 + at a lens.

35 f/2 $300 vs. 35 f/1.4 $1300

Ho hum. Love the 100 f/2.

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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