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

reviewer#943 date: Jun-26-2006
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 own this lens
compared to:
price paid:
positive:Very Sharp
Fast focusing even with a KM 5D
negative:Some hunting
comment:Excellent lens. Handheld possible with AS even with a 2X TC attached. Sharp even wide open, very sharp 1 stop down.

Color rendition is fresher (slightly less saturated) than other G optics, still very pleasing.

Slightly faster focusing than 70-200 SSM; noisier and less precise though.

Somewhat circular aperture at f2.8 only.

Contrasty in a bright day, which also means in a low light situation, it really shines. Minor purple fringing around highlight or dark edge can be seen sometimes.

Work extremely well with a 1.4X TC, no loss in sharpness observed with a 6MP sensor.

With a 2X TC, some loss in sharpness and contrast is obvious. However, in a close range, 10-15 feet, stunning performance, a real surprise!

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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