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

reviewer#33739 date: Dec-26-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Minolta 50mm f2.8 D
Minolta 50mm f3.5
Minolta 100mm f2.0
price paid:$465
positive:Fast focus, jaw-dropping sharpness and a go to portrait lens.
I have most of the Minolta line up and is the most appealing of portrait lens couple with the focus limiter.
negative:occasional focus hunt.
comment:There is probably 10 obligatory, must have Minolta lenses, I can promise you this one of them.
A lens that just keeps surprising, it is on my A99 surprisingly often. Sharp to the point of apologetic, at f2.8 still very sharp and at the other end of the aperture scale the sharpness is a small reprieve from almost too sharp. The color is typical Minolta with an almost 3d feel. Light enough to almost live on the A99. The "Bokeh" as with most of Minolta better quality lenses, delivers in spades, powder puff soft background renditions a joy to stop down to.
Now the best part, it's ability to be a sensational Macro lens. The 1:1 aspect always delivers

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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