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

reviewer#4800 date: Feb-3-2009
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:80-200 2.8 HS APO G
price paid:1700 USD (eBay)
positive:Build Quality
Still AF with 2x converter
No Vignetting on full frame
negative:Very hard to find drop in filters
comment:I went with this version because I could get it for $400+ cheaper than the HS version. I did not notice much fall off in focus speed from the 80-200 HS and that is the fastest focusing lens I have ever used. Like other reviews have said the sharpness at F2.8 is not perfect but very usable. That is why I gave it a 4.5 on sharpness. All most zero chromatic aberration.

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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