Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro D A-mount lens review by Mink
|Mink#602 date: Mar-21-2006|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 100-300 Xi, Sony 70-300G|
|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!