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

reviewer#6151 date: Oct-1-2009
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:Min 24/2.8
Min 35-105
Min 100-300
Sony 18-250
Sony 70-400G
price paid:870 AUD (new)
positive:Very Sharp
Excellent choice for macro work
negative:Small focus ring
CA can be problematic
comment:I purchased this lens new back when the Minolta 7000i was released!
Great 'Old School' Minolta metal build quality - only drawback is that it makes it heavier than the current Sony equivalent.
Very Sharp - as most other reviewers have noticed.
Not a big fan of the small focus ring which can be a bit of a pain as I use manual focus for macro work.
I have found that CA is problematic when using this lens for non macro work in high contrast scenarios.

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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