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

reviewer#11295 date: Aug-6-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:100 mm f 2.0 Zeiss ZE Macro
50mm Sony 2.8 macro
price paid:400US
positive:Sharp
Great Color
Not too heavy
1:1 close up
Great Bokeh
negative:AF hunts once in a while
comment:I have been waiting for one of these to show up for sale for over a year - I finally got one last month. It is all that I expected and more. I have the Sony 50 2.8 Macro but really like a little more working distance that the 100mm provides on my full frame A900.

I used to have a very expensive Zeiss 100mm f2.0 planar on a 21 meg Canon 5DII. This lens is sharper, in my opinion, and the colors actually more saturated. The Bokeh with this lens is Spectacular. All in all a great buy if you can find a clean one. I must admit mine looked new - amazing, since they stopped making them in 1986 I think!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 79
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.99
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.91
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