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

reviewer#11378 date: Oct-8-2013
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony Zeiss 16-80
Tamron 70-200
Minolta 50 F1.7
Sigma 50mm F1.4
Minolta 100-200
price paid:349.00
The lens seemed to balance well on both my A77 & A900.
negative:The focus ring is pretty thin. Also, on my A77 the focus peaking didn't seem to show as much as with my new lenes. I don't know if this was the lens or me [I'm new to focus peaking] but I could tell a difference compared to my 16-50 and Sigma 50mm f1.4.

Also, there was a little CA in the images, but thats pretty normal with these older Minolta lenses and is easily fixed in Lightroom.
comment:I really enjoyed this lens while I had it. I paid $349 used through KEH. [EX condition] I returned it mostly because the AF was inconsistent on my A77 & A900. When manual focus was used though it was perfect.

I know Macro's are best used with manual focus, but it was still an issue that I noticed. Another reason I returned the lens was for an extra $100 I can get a new Tamron 90mm macro and a six year warranty. I wont know if this was a good decision or not until I get the Tamron.

For close up photography the lens did a great job [manual focus] I uploaded a few samples in the sample forum. The IQ was very good for sure.

I'll revisit this review once I get the Tamron/different macro

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 81
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.99
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.83
  • overall: 4.91
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