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

reviewer#9675 date: Dec-6-2011
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MinO 50/2.8 Macro
MinO 85/1.4
MinO 135/2.8
price paid:500 (new)
positive:Stunningly sharp and detailed. Though rarely mentioned with macro lenses, the color is superb.
negative:For non-macro shooting, focusing is slow, especially if you forget to turn on the focus limiter. This was a noticeable problem on the 7D, but is much less so on the A700 or A900.
comment:At least for things like insects and such, I find the greater working distance makes it much more useful/usable than the 50mm macro. I guess the working distance should be exactly double, but it certainly seems like a lot more than that.

I guess if you want to quibble, you could add that the 50mm macro is marginally sharper. If you mostly take pictures of things like coins or stamps, the 50mm may be a better choice; for those kinds of things, the extra sharpness probably matters more than the extra working distance.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 59
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.73
  • distortion: 4.98
  • flare control: 4.92
  • overall: 4.92
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