Minolta AF 100mm F2 A-mount lens review by transiently
|transiently#36830 date: Apr-12-2017|
flare control: 3
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 90/2.5 (I liked), Zuiko 100/2.8 (absolutely tiny, and surprisingly good, but avoid the early silvery-rimmed ones), Canon FD 100/2.8 (I thought it very good at the time), Samyang 85/1.4 (Horrible to focus and purple highlights at wide apertures, but very decent sharpness), Minolta MD 85/2 (I liked very much indeed), Nikon 105/2.5 (excellent but I never could stick with Nikon for long). The 100/2 beats them all except the MD 85/2...in my memory. If I ever get my hands on another 100/2, I will find out.|
|price paid:||£200 GBP well-used|
|positive:||Very sharp. I liked the bokeh. The lens handled well. I used to refer to it as the "dream lens", a moniker I think I copied from Canon marketing for their F0.95 rangefinder lens from the 1960's. It was interesting that Minolta did not just carry over their excellent 100/2.5 and 85/2 lenses for AF, and that they didn't probably reflects their professional user ambitions for the system.|
|negative:||I had no real criticism of it at the time, though looked at from today's perspective, flare was not really well-controlled.|
Reading other reviews just now, I am reminded that the minimum focus distance could sometimes be limiting.
|comment:||I bought one of these secondhand around 1990 and used it on my 7000i. I was in my early 20's and remember trading a whole bunch of Minolta MD gear for it on a sunny Saturday afternoon. I think it had been pro-used as it was a bit physically worn. I liked it very much and only sold it later in the 90's because there was another piece of photographica I thought I wanted more at the time, but I now have no recollection of what it was. I hope it wasn't the very duff Panasonic camcorder or horrible Minolta 3xi I remember having from Jessops but fear it might have been. |
I was young and stupid...and didn't know that Minolta would discontinue this excellent lens long before going bust and being bought by Sony (which in a weird way has probably turned out to be a plus for Minolta fans, as we can still use these lenses, or the ones we were intelligent enough to hold onto :)).
Anyway, if I ever see another at a reasonable price, I'll buy it. Maybe one day...The production run cannot have been very long, though...1987-c.1993 only.