Minolta AF 100mm F2 A-mount lens review by duprey26

reviewer#992 date: Jul-7-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Min 135 f/2.8
Sigma 70-300 f/4.5-5.6
price paid:
positive:Magnificently Sharp Lens.
negative:Maybe too sharp for its intended use - portraits.
comment:Every time I view an image made with this lens, I'm blown away with the detail and contrast. This is G-glass quality without the price. I was lucky to find a used one at Adorama before the price and availability of Minolta glass went crazy. Best investment I ever made. Under controlled studio lighting, this lens makes me look like a pro (I'm definitely not). I rated the flare control at 4, but only on impression (older coatings). I've never experienced bad flare, but I haven't really pushed it by pointing at a light source or creating a high-key portrait. It may help that I always use the hood. Do not hesitate to pick one up if you're lucky enough to find one.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 72
  • sharpness: 4.94
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.88
  • distortion: 4.99
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.87
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