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

reviewer#38877 date: Jun-2-2017
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 own this lens
compared to:Close-up filters on 50mm f/1.4
price paid:NZD $225 + shipping
positive:Unbeaten sharpness, great Minolta colours, bokeh, extremely versatile despite its macro designation. I like the extra "reach" I get on the APS-C SLT-A57, but its also insanely sharp on the SLT-A99.
negative:Slow AF can hunt when not range limited, narrow MF ring. Has gathered significant internal dust which appears in shots when stopped down the closer you get to 1:1
comment:I never knew my SLT-A57 was capable of such sharp imagery until I put this lens on for the first time - my other Maxxum lenses make very sharp pics on my A57 (and A99), but this pixel sharp monster lens takes it to a whole nutha level! Even without decent lighting I've managed to shoot super sharp 1:1 macro shots (even 2:1 with a X2 TC). Then of course you can step back and shoot the sharpest portraits or mid-tele shots you're likely to see on your Sony/Minolta! Its AF can be slow when not limited, and the MF ring is narrow, but those little quirks aside it is a very well built lens with best-of-breed stunning optics. Distortion? What is that?

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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