Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro RS A-mount lens review by coreyama
|coreyama#11054 date: Apr-19-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta AF:|
50mm Macro F2.8
35mm F2.0 RS
|price paid:||330 USD|
|positive:||AF is accurate|
1:1 Working distance
|negative:||AF is noisy|
Focus ring too minimal
|comment:||Simply the best lens I have owned. Feels very solid. The AF is not slow on the RS version with the Sony a850. The colors, saturation and sharpness are better than the much-hyped 35mm F2.0.|
If you are deciding between the 50mm macro and 100mm, I own both and recommend the 100mm. They can both create a 1:1 image, but the working distance of the 100mm allows you to get really close to those scary subjects. To create a 1:1 image with the 50mm, you must be only inches away from the subject.
Something to consider if you use extension tubes: With 68mm of tubes, the 100mm can roughly achieve 2:1, but the 50mm can achieve 3:1. However, the working distance with the 100 is still reasonable, where the 50 is now shadowing / scaring away the subject.
With a flash and small soft box in standard position, lighting is perfect for 1:1 or 2:1 work. This would not be possible with the 50 because the subject is too close to the lens and well below the flash.
On a crop sensor body, this lens would only get better for macro work.
Makes a decent portrait lens too.
Well worth the $300-400.