Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro RS A-mount lens review by coreyama

reviewer#11054 date: Apr-19-2013
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 AF:
70-210mm F4
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 43
  • sharpness: 4.94
  • color: 4.95
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.88
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