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

reviewer#44340 date: Aug-1-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Macro (72E)
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Sony AF 100mm Macro
price paid:270USD, Used in 2015
positive:Sharpness, colour, focus speed, creamy bokeh, AF-D compatibility.
negative:Not so sharp and purple fringing at 2.8. Focus ring clutch. Recessed front element.
comment:This is a very excellent lens from Minolta. It is versatile for both macro and portrait. It takes not-tack-sharp but usable photos at f/2.8. Closing a bit down to f/3.2 increases the sharpness and washes the purple fringing. It has a 'new' coating of Minolta D lens which makes more clarity & contrast; and reduces a little warmth & colour richness in comparison with other Minolta lenses. Still I am pleased with its colour & bokeh rendering. On the downside, its front glass stays so in depth to blow dust. The clutching mechanism on focusing ring doesn't give a very good feelings in macro manual focusing.

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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