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

reviewer#2323 date: May-17-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:* Sigma 90mm 2.8 Macro (sold)
* Minolta 50mm 2.8 Macro
* Minolta 200mm 2.8 HS APO G
* Minolta 100mm 2.0
* Minolta 135mm 2.8
price paid:330 Euro
positive:* Sharp
* colour
* bokeh
* build
negative:* slow AF
* small Focusring
comment:I had to buy this lens. I used the Sigma, but als a Minoltian I'd like to own the real stuff. I sold the Sigma recently.

Macro: I like this lens better than the Sigma for contrast and colours. It's slow AF makes it using the MF more. Once you're used to the small focus ring, it's to be done very well.
Use it much more often than the 50mm 2.8 macro for its working distance. I tend on selling that one. I own the 50mm 1.4 and the 50mm 1.7 as well.

Portrait: I think, this one is a little sharper than the other Minolta lenses I use (shown above; not sharper than the 200mm!). Again, slower AF. But thats all. It's the first prime I bought half a year ago, but I use it a lot since then.

I love it.

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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