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

reviewer#256 date: Dec-1-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:
price paid:
positive:- Well built, sturdy and massive lens;
- Extremely comfortable manual focusing;
- distorsion free;
- relatively fast and accurate AF;
negative:- not sharp enough, a little bit soft mapping;
- the cover tube of the manual focusing ring is beeing tightened quite frequently;
- heavy weight;
- unique (unobtainable) size of built-in filter;
comment:To be honest, I am not too satisfied with the mapping features of this lens. Not bad, not bad, but I cannot tell you that this is a "razor sharp" glass...
I purchased it as a second hand lens from e-bay two years ago but I am willing to send it back to KM service for a test and adjustment now.
Additionally, I have got just one built-in filter (Skylight - M42) together with the lens, and I am not able to buy more kinds of filters with this diameter in Hungary...

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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