Minolta AF 300mm F4 HS APO G A-mount lens review by silversurfer

reviewer#3467 date: Apr-14-2008
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 D APO
Big Beercan
price paid:1500 USD
positive:So very sharp!
Fast focusing
Excellent build
negative:Expensive filters
comment:This lens is one peice of work! Pictures are very sharp across the stops, colors are true to life. Yes, there is CA wide open, but it can be controlled by stopping down.

It's heavy, but not listed as a negative because I knew it would be. You don't get a lens like this (All metal) with the weight of the kit lens. The only real negative is the price of drop in filters. Using a front CPL filter is just about impossible with the hood on.

The price of this baby keeps going up. If you want one and can find one, now's the time.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 36
  • sharpness: 4.85
  • color: 4.86
  • build: 4.75
  • distortion: 4.83
  • flare control: 4.78
  • overall: 4.81
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