Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Soft A-mount lens review by former member

reviewer#41 date: Jan-8-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:80mm Pentax Soft (Minolta much more versatile as softness not linked to aperture);
various 100mm macro (softness management is a real plus);
all sorts of Softar filters and similar (no more worries about finding the "ideal" filter).
price paid:
missing
positive:Excellent "standard" short tele at setting "0";
Useful management of spherical aberrations for "atmosheric" imagery;
negative:No D chip;
Would have been even more useful with f2 aperture;
"Plasticky" feel (though solid construction).
comment:This works as a standard short tele, with sharpness/contrast equivalent to 100mm f2.8 macro (according to CI tests) !! It has a nice 80cm minimum focusing distance, which makes it quite versatile.

On top of that it has a 4 step "softening" feature, managing the lens's spherical aberrations (0-1-2-3), with all intermediate settings accessible. You can see the effect at shooting stage.

This allows fine management of "atmospheric" rendition for portrait sessions, wedding pics, new born babies and mums, landscapes, etc. The feature works very well, but could be seen as a gimmick, depending on fashion, photographer's habits or customer's wishes.

Works perfectly on 7D.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 27
  • sharpness: 4.89
  • color: 4.93
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.74
  • overall: 4.81
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