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

reviewer#602 date: Mar-21-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 Xi, Sony 70-300G
price paid:
positive:Sharp, fast, well built.
negative:It isn't a point-and-shoot lens - to get the best out of it takes a bit of practice.
comment:Various reviews, and my own pictures, confirm that this lens is best at or near its max aperture - peaking at f/4, I'd say. f/11 is OK but by f/22 it's getting quite soft. This means for a really sharp picture, you need to work with a very shallow depth of field - which can be a real challenge for hand-held shots, whether of bugs or people.

I was new to macro when I got this lens, and I had great difficulty getting any usable pictures because of the DOF issue until I bought my 5600 HS(D) flash, which allows me to work easily with smaller apertures (mostly f/11). But since then I've had a ball!

There's no denying this is a classic lens - I hope and expect to discover its potential (and mine!) over many years!

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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