Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro D A-mount lens review by addicted2light

reviewer#32729 date: Dec-6-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 own this lens
compared to:Contax Zeiss 18/4 Distagon; Contax Zeiss 25/2.8 Distagon; Contax Zeiss 35/2.8 Distagon; Contax Zeiss 50/1.7 Planar; Contax Zeiss 60/2.8 Makro-Planar; Contax Zeiss 28-85 Vario-Sonnar; Contax Zeiss 100-300/4-5.6 Vario-Sonnar
Canon EF 24/1.4 L; Canon EF 50/1.8 STM; Canon EF 135/2 L; Canon EF 24-85
Fuji 16-50 XC; Fuji 55-200 XF
Hasselblad 50/4 Distagon; Hasselblad 80/2.8 Planar; Hasselblad 250/5.6 Sonnar
Leica R 180/4 Elmar
Minolta M-Rokkor 28/2.8; Minolta M-Rokkor 40/2; Minolta M-Rokkor 90/4
Minolta 24/2.8 MC (55mm filter size); Minolta 35/1.8 MC; Minolta 50/1.7 PF MC; Minolta 100/2.5 MD; Minolta 200/4 MD; Minolta 28-85 MD
Minolta 50/1.4 AF; Minolta AF 100-300 Apo
Nikon 18/3.5 Ai; Nikon 20/4 UD; Nikon 24/2.8 AF; Nikon 35/1.4 K (pre-Ai, 9 rounded blades); Nikon 35/2 Ai & AF & Nikkor-O (pre-Ai); Nikon 50/1.4 AF; Nikon 50/3.5 Micro-Nikkor (pre-Ai); Nikon 60/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor; Nikon 85/1.8 AF; Nikon 180/2.8 AF ED; Nikon 200/4 Ai; Nikon 300/4.5 Ai ED; Nikon 70-180 AF Micro-Nikkor; Nikon 80-200/2.8 AF; Nikon 100-300/5.6 Ai
price paid:200€
positive:+ sharpness
+ OOF rendering ("bokeh")
+ compactness (especially for a macro)
+ 55mm filter size
comment:Freakishly sharp, it'll make your other lenses look broken. And, contrary to what usually happens with super sharp lenses, with a nice out of focus areas rendering as well ("bokeh").

And Minolta colors, obviously!

I rated the build as "only" 4 just because, like most AF lenses, manual focus is not exactly smooth or pleasant. with a "plastic on metal bearings" feeling. Other than that, it is built like the proverbial tank and a joy to use.

Flare control is good but not exceptional, and better when the light source is IN the frame than when it's just OUTSIDE the frame. On the plus side though the flare pattern is really cinematic...

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 63
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.98
  • flare control: 4.89
  • overall: 4.90
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