Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by ithinkso
|ithinkso#11428 date: Nov-3-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Vivtar (Cosina) 100mm 3.5 Macro|
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Tamron 90mm SP (original manual focus - on film)
Canon FD 50mm 3.5 Macro (on film)
great saturation and colour.
|negative:||focus limit switch has fallen off.|
|comment:||This lens is noticeably sharper than any of the other lenses i have used on digital. You don't have to view full screen or zoom in to perceive it. The only other one I have that comes close is the Cosina.|
Much harder work to focus than the Cosina at macro distances (less dof i guess), but far more versatile (the cosina only gives 1:2 without it's matched 1:1 converter, which I don't have). The A77 peaking mode and focus magnifier really helps with this though.
The limit switch was already loose when I bought it. I suppose this is a risk one takes when buying these old lenses.
Usable sharp at f2.8 but i think f3.5 ideal for portraits. I think the 50mm 1.7 suits my style better on APS-c for this though. I really should try it out on film.
Edit: It's difficult for me to try and describe the subtle differences one sees in images made with this lens on full frame as opposed to APS-c sensor. Simply put, this lens is capable of making beautiful images on either format, but those full frame can be very seductive.