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

reviewer#46858 date: May-21-2022
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 APO
Minolta 35-70 F/4 macro
Sony 55-200mm F/4-5.6 SAM (on APS-C)
price paid:110USD (used)
positive:Sharpness, colors, build quality, macro performances
negative:Suffers from sensor reflection sometimes
comment:This old lens is simply great. It's one of the sharpest lenses I've tested on my A7II, It's sharp corner to corner from F/4 onward, images are detailed and with exceptionally good colors. I bought it for macro shots of flowers and plants (which it does beautifully, and it's a real 1:1 macro lens, not a "half macro" as the 35-70 F/4), but I ended up using it also for landscape and architectural close-ups where it outperforms a highly-regarded lens like the Minolta 100-300 APO I also own. I can't say anything about autofocus, since I use it fully manual with a "stupid" AtoFE adapter. The only shortcomings are that, similarly to the Minolta 50 macro, it is prone to sensor reflection in certain conditions (especially with white and light-emitting backgrounds, which results in a sort of whitish blurry spot exactly in the center of the frame); I find it also a bit too heavy for the A7II, at least without a battery grip. That said, it is optically one of the best lenses I own if not the best.

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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