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

reviewer#835 date: May-25-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:AF200 2.8 APO HS G, AF100-300 APO zoom.
price paid:
positive:Build quality is outstanding as is image quality. Fast AF. Takes excellent Minolta polarizer set. Sturdy and effective tripod collar. Velvet lined sliding hood.
negative:Ummm..... nothing!
Hard to get polarizer set.
comment:This lens is as good as it gets. To my eyes, absolutely sharp, distortion free and excellent color fidelity. Astounding image clarity, and a bright view-finder image.

Build quality is faultless. This does make it, of course, heavy to hand hold. But it is quite comfortable to do so, and the weight helps to steady it nicely.

Takes G-series polarizer filter set. I have one and it is a beautifully made little item. Though not at all cheap or easy to get. I have only ever seen one for sale anywhere (and bought it too!).

The manual (not electronic) focus range limiter works well as do the 4 focus hold buttons which are nice to have.

Equivalent to a 450mm f2.8, but thanks to AS, easily usable without a tripod.

Basically, I love this lens and would buy it again totally without reservation. If you can afford it, get one!

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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