Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Soft A-mount lens review by former member
|former member#41 date: Jan-8-2005|
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|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).
|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.