Minolta AF 100mm F2 A-mount lens review by former member

reviewer#45 date: Jan-27-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
price paid:
positive:- Excellent sharpness and contrast
- Bright (f/2 aperture very well usable)
- Solid build quality
- Front lens does not rotate
negative:- Closest focusing distance
- Discontinued
comment:This lens is just amazingly sharp... f/2 and f/2.8 are already very usable, stopped down to f/4 it is tack sharp from corner to corner. Also the flare is very well controlled, shooting against the sun is a great pleasure when compared to shooting with zoom lenses. The closest focusing distance of only 1 m is a pity, it makes that the lens is not fit for close-up portraits. Build quality is very good, and the front lens does not rotate when focusing (which is practical if you use filters). Unfortunately this lens has been discontinued so it can only be obtained from the second-hand market. Get one if you can!

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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