Minolta AF 100mm F2 A-mount lens review by damian.bradley

reviewer#801 date: May-16-2006
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:- 135/2.8
- 100mm macro (original)
price paid:425
positive:- ssssharp, open to close
- very, very accurate AF
- great bokeh
- good MF
negative:- not much
comment:First...I'll address those comments about slow AF speed. Although the AF speed may not be lightning fast, it is among the msot accurate of any lens I have tried. The time it takes to shift focus distanecs may be marginally slower than other lenses, but I have found that it rarely hunts, and requires no 'secondary focal adjustment' like some other lenses which tend to have to think about focus lock after making the initial guess.

Otherwise, the lens is a fantastic performer. I would like to compare it to an 85/1.4 but haven't had the chance to do so. The contrast, colours, sharpness are all top notch, and the bokeh is superb (although maybe not quite best in class). MF is good due to a long focus throw.

It doesn't have the built-in lens hood of the 135/2.8 which I miss, and it doesn't have the macro of the 100/2.8, but my preference is for low-light shooting and sharpness, and the ability to open up to f2 for selective focus. The 135 is better for candids and street shooting, while the macro is better for...well macro. Assuming you can get the lenses, pick what is most important to your shooting style and go with that lens. They all excel in different areas!

So this is one of the sharpest lenses at f2 you can find...if you can find it. Another highly recommended lens.

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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