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

reviewer#7262 date: Apr-8-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 EX DG (IF) APO
Sigma AF 70-300mm APO DG Macro
Minolta AF 500mm F/8 Reflex
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 'Beercan'
SAL 70-300/400 SSM G (Mk 1)
Minolta AF 300mm F/2.8 APO HS G
Tokina AT-X 300mm F/4 AF (AF 304)
Tokina AT-X 300mm F/2.8 AF PRO
Sigma AF 300mm F/2.8 EX DG (IF) APO
Minolta AF 300mm F/4 APO HS G
price paid:£950.00 (used)
positive:Build Quality
IQ/Sharpness
Colours/Bokeh
Speed/AF
negative:Heavy
Tripod mount leg too close to body to use as carrying handle
Slightly slower with a 1.4x TC fitted on DSLR
comment:It's already been said before, what a superb lens, but even though this is the original APO version (it should really be classed as an APO G as the optics are the same as the APO HS G model), the AF is plenty quick enough on A700 and A850 even with a 1.4x teleconverter fitted, the range is huge but AF speed does suffer slightly, though not the IQ which remains phenomenal. The lens oozes quality. My copy came complete with all 6 drop-in filters, caps/covers, lens strap and alloy case with keys, though no front clear glass 114mm CLR protection 'filter'.

What else can I say? It's simply a brilliant lens that sets a benchmark that all other lenses of the same focal length/aperture/type have to emulate or improve on.

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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