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

reviewer#44096 date: Jul-7-2018
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:Original 50 f/1.7
Original 35-105
price paid:$150 / EBay
positive:Sharp
Good contrast
"Minolta" color
Nice bokeh
Good working distance for closeup/macro
Old-style all-metal build
Reasonable cost
negative:Purple fringing (if you look for it hard enough)
comment:Really, really sharp; looks to me like it will reach or exceed sensor resolution on both A99ii and A68, in macro and in normal ranges. Perhaps some diffraction loss after f/16, and corner falloff in sharpness wide open on full-frame.

Rather nice bokeh on both near and far sides of focal plane.

Some purple fringing on sharply defined high-contrast edges well away from center.

Beats both the excellent compared-to lenses for sharpness, if you look closely enough. For any of these lenses, I see issues only when pixel-peeping into images from high-res sensors; they are unlikely to be noticed in normal viewing, and are mostly easy to fix in post-production (LR).

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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