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

reviewer#8663 date: Feb-16-2011
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:
price paid:GBP 895
positive:Build quality
The price
negative:Takes some getting used to
comment:I have only had my copy of this lens for a week now but have been out on a couple of occassions and taken quite a lot of shots with it. First impressions are that it takes a bit of getting used to (technique wise) mainly due to the weight. I have had a few potentially nice shots just go out of focus where I've moved mid shot due to the weight of the lens.

However, technique aside when you get a shot right with this lens it is very very sharp. I've used it for some bird shots and the detail in some pof the shots is truly amazing - something I have not seen in any other lens that I have used.

It has given new life to my old Kenko x2 TC (that I originally bought new with my Minolta Dynax 5xi) and works brilliantly with my Sony x1.4 TC.

This lens certainly appears to be a keeper and is already challenging me to improve my composition and technique.

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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