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

reviewer#2805 date: Sep-30-2007
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 80-200 f2.8
- minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:400 E
positive:- SHARP
- Colors
- Bokeh
negative:- a hint of purple fringing wide open
- focus ring good but not great (see the D version)
comment:I haven't tried any other macro lenses but I've heard this is as good as it gets, which does not surprise me seeing the pictures i achieve with this lens. Sharp wide open, it gets better at f5.6 where the lens outresolves the current sensors. Colors are neutral but pleasant, contrast is excellent, and bokeh wonderful. Can be used as a great portrait lens, and as a general small telephoto prime. With a 2x teleconverter results are ok stopped down to f8, and you can reach 2:1 macro . Low light focus accuracy wide open is not great - this is due to the 5D/7D , this should be improved with A700.

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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