Minolta AF 300mm F2.8 APO G HS A-mount lens review by Pirate
|Pirate#10063 date: Mar-30-2012|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 EX DG (IF) APO + EX (IF) APO|
Sigma AF 70-300mm APO DG Macro
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 'Beercan'
SAL 70-300 SSM G
SAL 70-400 SSM G
Tokina AT-X 300 F/2.8 PRO AF SD
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm Di USD
Minolta AF 300mm F4 APO HS G
Minolta AF 300mm F/2.8 APO G
Tokina AT-X 300mm F/4 AF (AF 304)
Sigma AF 300mm F/2.8 EX DG (IF) APO
|price paid:||£1132.00 (used)|
Fast AF Speed
2x Focus Hold Buttons
Focus Range Limiter
|negative:||Tripod mount leg too close to body (non removable)|
A shade slower with a TC fitted
Cover to manual adjustment ring easily opened
|comment:||My findings and comments are based from use on a full frame 24MP Sony Alpha A850. I hope this review gives potential buyers a greater insight based on my findings and as you'll see, comparisons to others lenses I've owned have been made as well as the positives and negatives (my opinion only).|
It's already been said before; what a superb lens, but it oozes quality. My copy came supplied with 6 rear drop-in filters, rear cap, front hood, lens strap, alloy lens box, front CLR filter and original box.
This lens is everything you could hope for in a fast prime. Easy enough to hand-hold (though a monopod/tripod support would be recommended and hand holding will require a certain degree of upper arm strength), the hood is not too long when fitted to a FF body to cause any vignetting and images are tack sharp with superb colours and buttery smooth bokeh.
An absolute 'must have' or the Mk 1 APO version if you have the funds, otherwise I would recommend the Tokina AF 304, but this Minolta prime lens just makes most others look lame by comparison in all departments.
Difficult to write a formal review as the image results it gives speak for themselves. So, if you're in need of arguably one of, if not THE best of the 300/2.8 tele/primes and you have the funds, it's a 'no brainer' . . . go get one.