Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro D A-mount lens review by MostlyHarmless
|MostlyHarmless#2011 date: Mar-23-2007|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Vivitar 100/3.5 Macro|
Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5 D
Canon 28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon 80-200/2.8 L
|price paid:||450.00 USD (new)|
Recessed front element means I can leave the hood at home
|negative:||Slow AF, hunts in low light|
|comment:||An excellent lens like nearly all macros are.|
Sharpness: Yes. Corner to corner, wide open and stopped down. Yes, you'll undoubtedly see diffraction effects as you stop down to F32 but that's 1) unavoidable due to the laws of physics and 2) not worth complaining about because you'd only do that to get more DOF on macro shots and in that case, it'll still be sharp enough.
Color: Nothing to complain about. Maybe a hair less rich than my 85/1.4 but who cares.
Build: Excellent. Feels nice and solid, big without being too big and hefty without being too heavy. Balances surprisingly well on my 5D. Has a nice big focusing ring, a focus limiter (a little hard to switch, but also hard to switch by accident), and a focus hold/DOF preview button.
Flare: The recessed front element makes it practically a non-issue unless a light source is in the frame.
Notes: I managed to score a killer deal. Were it not for that, I'd have a hard time choosing this lens over more affordable alternatives like Tamron's excellent 90/2.8 SP, Sigma's affordable 105/2.8 EX, and of course the Vivitar/Cosina/Phoenix 100/3.5 plastic fantastic.
AF is slow, as macros tend to be. However, in good light with the focus limiter on, it's good enough. I've done street shots with this and it was able to keep up with just about anything I threw at it. I haven't yet tried to track fast-moving bird and the like, though.