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

reviewer#38878 date: Jun-3-2017
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:Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
Minolta 50mm f2.8 Macro RS
price paid:c $NZ 250
negative:slow automatic focus of course, it's a macro lens.
comment:I have opted to compare this lens to the only other macro lenses I have used. For the most part, its performance is exactly what you'd expect from a macro-lens. It's sharp, and this includes the corners. It is a bit slow to autofocus but that's inherent to the macro lens design. I use it in mostly manual focus anyway.

Image-quality wise it seems on par with the Tamron and the Minolta 50mm. Maybe a little bit sharper than the Tamron, but that could also be the newer cameras having weak or no, AA filters. Pretty much identical to the Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro RS.

I wish it also had a larger manual focus ring. It seems a bit too narrow after the Tamron. It's metal construction also makes it a heavier lens to carry about.

Pretty much if you like Minolta colours and you want a sharp macro lens, it's hard to see how this would disappoint you.

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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