Minolta AF 300mm F2.8 APO G HS A-mount lens review by Kilkry

reviewer#15263 date: Jun-4-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:MD 300 4,5 - a whole lot less portable and ergonomic compared to this lens although slightly sharper at the same aperture.

AF 200 2,8 HS - not as sharp wide open as this one.

price paid:1200
positive:Relatively short for a 300mm 2,8.
Decently sharp wide open.
Not an excess of CA wide open (nor stopped down).

negative:Front half of barrel can become loose in relation to the rear half, has been reported before on the internet; some speculation that modern AF torque might be cause, I do not know. Repair can be inexpensive (US) or around 500e (Europe) even if the cause is three screws coming loose. One can always try repairing it oneself but that isn't always a viable option.

Ergonomy wise it is heavy but this is no surprise considering build materials and focal length and max aperture. My hand however always seemed to disengage the focus ring cover when I was holding it and using AF.

The AF is fast but a bit hit or miss, just like I experienced the 200 2,8, this across different cameras, on a contrasty and stationary target. It might be just screw-drive AF + a wide aperture, not certain.

Hood does not lock in stowed position.
comment:Will not buy another Minolta white tele lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 24
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.88
  • build: 4.92
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.63
  • overall: 4.81
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