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

reviewer#4111 date: Sep-18-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 200-400mm
Minolta 80-200 HS APO G
Sigma 70-300mm DL
price paid:1950 USD
Relatively fast on A700
Works well with a good teleconverter
comment:Got this one cheap on ebay because others were fighting on two less well cared for 300mm HS models.

For the money, this is a fantastic lens, sharp almost from wide open (were it is still very good), produces great colour and contrast. Sure not the lightest lens, but I have succesffully used it hand held, just keep it above 1/100sec.

Beats my old Sigma 70-300mm hands down, no comparison, and provides the reach the 80-200mm couldnt. Definitely sharper than my old Tamron 200-400, and faster focusing than it was.

PS: It might not be the HS model, but focus speed is very good, its a bit faster than my 600HSG and a bit slower than the 80-200HSG. Im keeping this one, awesome for the price they can be bought for.

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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