Minolta AF 300mm F2.8 APO A-mount lens review by maxfarphoto

reviewer#3295 date: Feb-20-2008
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:Sigma 400 f5.6 APO Macro
price paid:1500 USD (2nd hand)
positive:fast, sharp
negative:weight
comment:This lens is great, even used with Minolta 1,4x
On 6mp camera (KM 5D) focus is slow with converter on but still precise. It is a little soft wide open so I prefer to stop down a little, but things will get better with A700 or more.
I used it most of the time handheld and it is really not a problem: well, after some hours shooting your shoulder can be tired but when you see results you want to start again.

I love it (and I sold my Sigma 400mm)

edit 24/4/09
I use it on A700 now, with both 1,4x and 2x, and it delivers a beter sharpness wide open.
I love it more!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 15
  • sharpness: 4.77
  • color: 4.93
  • build: 4.93
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.87
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