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

reviewer#338 date: Dec-24-2005
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200/2.8 APO G, Min 80-200/2.8 APO G, Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX (CAF & MinAF), Canon 200/2.8 L II USM
price paid:
positive:f2.8 is usable, images are smooth and sharp. Can find some real bargains around. Like the lens cap.
negative:would like a more positive lock for the hood in the out position, and would like the tripod collar to be removable
comment:reliably handholdable to 1/125. f2.8 usebale, f4 is better and easier to work with. To be honest I'll only use this at f2.8-5.6. Works well with the 1.4x original. AF is slowed.

AF on this lens is surprizingly good given its era. But I much prefer manual focus, and for that it is perfect.

Easy to say 'weight' as a negative, but its not a surprize - this is a lot of lens. So the weight is just something you have to accept.

Min 200/2.8 is sharper, but only just. And the 300mm beats a crop from the 200 (but ONLY just, that 200 is that good!)

Came with a case and 4 filters, 3x at b&w so useless on digital, and one ND (may use the ND?). There is a UV loaded.

My lens has coating marks, knocks contrast down a little, but lens is still a star performer.

See review here on my website (check my profile)

update: now used on Sony a100 ... its a brand new lens, now delivers f2.8 punch that was lacking on the 7D! Stiiiiiill I only give it a 4.5, only the 200/2.8 or Voigtlander 35/1.7 Ultron in Bessa could have a 5!

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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