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

reviewer#4008 date: Aug-26-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:100/2.8 macro, 105 macro, 70-210/4, 24-105,
price paid:
positive:+Relatively small & compact
+Fast max aperture
+Good amount of "reach"
+Good build quality
+Great "minolta" optical qualities
+Its a sharp lens
negative:-Small/bad MF ring
-MFD isn't great, though not awful
-Didn't offer me anything over the macro
-It's generally expensive to buy and also very hard to find
comment:My assessment on this lens was done only over a few days as I intended to sell it, but I hope my thoughts are helpful non the less.

It's bokeh, while is very good, it isn't anything over the Macro lens, even though it has 9 rounded blades (my original macro lens does not). I posted some sample photos and no1 could really tell the difference. At max aperture, yeah, it blurs a bit more but it the quality of the bokeh does not change.

Its focusing speed is good. But, you must make sure you're cameras AF is up to it (no BF/FF issues) otherwise its not going to be worth using it in AF really.

It did offer a more oompact, lighter and faster package over my 100/2.8 macro. But did I need that? No. The macro is far more versitile for my use. The sharpness between the two lenses? Couldn't really tell, if you can, you're probably standing too close to the print or you've got your nose up against the screen. I though the macro had the edge at 2.8, but i could be wrong. I think the 100/2 has better CA control, marginally.

But, if you're not intersted in macro and want a fast tele, i would definately say this is THE lens to get. Its small and discrete, unlike the 135/1.8, 200/2.8, 80-200/2.8, 70-200/2.8. A very handy lens to have at your disposal in that regard.

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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