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

reviewer#5264 date: Apr-20-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 28-135mm
Minolta 70-210 f/4
price paid:299 EUR
positive:Sharpness
Focus Distance
DOF control
Large aperture
Color, Bokeh
negative:Barrel extends very far
Manual focus is not straightforward

comment:This lens is a real gem. Even though the popularity of the Sony DSLR system has driven Minolta lens prices up, this lens is still way cheaper than the new Sony 100mm Macro (which I haven't tried).

The lens is amazingly sharp and actually easy to work with once you get used to it. In terms of macro capability it easily outperforms all those zoom lenses with their 1:4 macro.

The focus limiter is really handy if you shoot still objects.

If you are into macro work, this is a must-have lens imo.
Way cheaper than the new Sony and you get one of the sharpest lenses from the Minolta lineup.

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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