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

reviewer#8171 date: Nov-3-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
price paid:$400 CAD (Used)
positive:Very sharp
Has a focus limiter
Bokeh is very smooth
Very little distortion
Longer working distance compared to 50mm macro
negative:CA wide open
AF is slow (to be expected for macros though focus limiter helps)
comment:I much prefer this lens to the 50mm F2.8 macro mainly for the longer working distance. This is an issue people might have with their 50mm macro lenses, that is the main plus side of having the 100mm F2.8 macro lens. You do not need to be as as close to the subject to get it in focus at 1:1. There is a little distortion (pincushion) though it most likely will not be noticeable unless you shoot along straight lines. And again like the 50mm F2.8 macro this can work as a dual purpose lens, for both macro and portrait, and it works better as a portrait lens due to the longer focal length and the help of the focus limiter. That way the lens will not have to cycle through the whole focal plane and only half.

This is a very good lens for anyone that would like to pursue marco photography as it provides the much needed longer working distance as apposed to the 50mm F2.8 marco as small insects are often skittish when you get to close to them.

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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