Minolta AF 100mm F2 A-mount lens review by awa54
|awa54#45743 date: Jul-10-2021|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
100/2.8 macro RS
|price paid:||$325 USD|
Expected Minolta color and rendering
great early Maxxum build quality
same hood as 100/2.8 macro
uncommon at best
|comment:||Another fantastic Maxxum era prime, with everything you could ask for in a portrait lens, except close minimum focus distance....|
The 100mm f2 has an excellent balance of sharpness (but not so much that it spoils the look of portraiture), smooth bokeh and good ability to isolate a subject from background. It's already sharp wide open and only gets better up to F11 or so, making for images that are often less moody and more crisp than the 85/1.4, it also beats out the 85 in bokeh C/A and overall C/A.
Not a replacement for the 85/1.4, but definitely a compliment that you'll occasionally be glad to have. It has replaced the 85/1.4 in my kit when I just want a short tele for walk around.
In a match up against the 100mm macro, this lens comes off looking more crisp and contrasty than the macro at distances beyond close focus. While the 100/2.8 is no slouch outside the macro envelope, the 100/2 is the better lens in perceived sharpness and contrast.
Compared to the 135/2.8, it has no overt PF and more ability to isolate a subject, also (obviously) allows closer working distances for portraiture. This lens won't force you to take care with lighting like the 135/2.8 does.
As far as the match up between this lens and the 35-135 at 100mm, it pretty much exceeds the zoom in every parameter, though this isn't a knock against the 35-135, as it can certainly make excellent images as well.
These are scarce and my "bargain" lens at $325 needed an additional $100 service to correct a loose rear element and thickened lubricant in the optical cam assemblies, but I consider that money well spent and would gladly do it again.