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

reviewer#36820 date: Apr-5-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Nikon 85MM 1.4
Nikon 135MM F2
Tamron 90Mm F2.5
price paid:
positive:Sharpness wide open
negative:Nothing I can think of.

One of my favorite lens, until I owned this lens always used to wonder why members are in awe but only after using the lens you find out the reason why.

I have been testing very many lenses, in particular, I had tested this against Nikon 135mm f2, Nikon 85mm f1.4, Nikon 105 f2.5 etc and this lens stood out by miles.

Amazing sharpness (tack sharp at F2), outstanding colors, very compact. The lens is so compact that it will always form part of the bag. Filter size is only 55mm. Ticks all boxes for me.

I did a comparison between Nikon 135MM F2, Nikon 85MM F1.5 & Tamron 90MM F2.5.

Mino 100 F2 out performed the other by a long margin. Mainly on colour, sharpness & compactness. Tamron 90MM F2.5 was the weakest link in this star studded line up.

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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