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

reviewer#26536 date: Mar-28-2016
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:
price paid:225$ shipped (used)
positive:Exceptional colors
Stunning sharpness
Build to last decades together (3 decades and counting!?)
Focus limiter a great boon
negative:Focusing can be frustrating in low light
comment:Amazing lens. Surprised at how very few official reviews are found online for this great lens. Colors are phenomenal (I started to realise what Minolta colors meant after I took a few shots). Great value for money. The only frustration has been the slow focusing speed in low light. But understandably it is a macro so I can live with it. The focus limiter is a great feature to focus quicker.

Overall, I can't complain at all. I want to use it more as a prime as well, but the slow focus makes me hesitant to always mount it on my A58. So I am using it as prime/macro for all my day time usage, and only use it for special macro shots in low light and avoid using it as a prime in low light. So glad I found this gem!

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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