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

reviewer#38879 date: Jun-7-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Tamron 150-600, Sony 70-400, Minolta 400mm F4.5.
price paid:100 USD at yard sale
positive:Built like a tank. Very heavy but balances nicely. Extremely sharp after micro adjusting. I believe mine is -8. Pinpoint sharp even at F2.8 if you are careful and MA properly. Extremely high percent of keepers. This lens focuses plenty fast. Still extremely sharp with Minolta 1.4 TC.
negative:Very noticeable PF when photographing subject against a bright blue sky.
comment:300mm is not always the exact lens for the shot at hand but this is probably my favorite overall lens. The lens just feels good in my hands and the sharpness is phenomenal. Add to this classic Minolta colors and how can you lose? This lens focuses plenty fast. I have used the newer HS version and really see no difference though I am sure it is 2% faster!
Highly recommended if you can spend $1000 to 1500. Only lens I ever got super cheap and with the seller's blessings.
Unless the focus hold button means a lot to you, I feel this lens is a better deal than the newer version.

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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