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

reviewer#6961 date: Feb-24-2010
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:Minolta 135/2.8
Tamron 90/2.8
Minolta 50/2.8
price paid:Ł135 (used)
positive:VERY sharp
solid construction
1:1 macro
negative:Heavy by modern standards
AF a little slow (perfectly usable)
comment:I bought this lens because it was at a good price, thinking that I could sell it (without a loss) if I didn't like it. I had a Tamron 90 macro at the time and when I compared the two, I thought the Minolta was sharper (so the Tamron was sold).

It hunts a bit when using the AF for macro but probably not much different to the Tamron. Manual focus is usually better for macro anyway.

It also doubles up as a very sharp portrait lens. My copy is pin sharp wide open (count every eyelash), so it's a young persons portrait lens and needs a softar for the older or vain amongst us!

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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