Minolta AF 300mm F4 HS APO G A-mount lens review by minolta4me_kevin

reviewer#45747 date: Aug-1-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:GM 100-400 Sony
GM 70-200 Sony
price paid:£700
positive:Build quality, sharpness wide open, colour rendition and the case or trunk are all first rate. It's considerable easier to hand hold on my A7R and A9 bodies with LA-EA3 adapter.
negative:It's over 20 years old, used "screw drive" focussing so is slower and noisy compared to modern Zooms, let alone 300mm prime lenses [but they do cost £6,000]. When using a 5 pin 1.4x multiplier [and an adapter] I lose the AF but on my Dynax 9 works fine.
comment:I fitted an 82mm Polariser which improved the colour rendition in reflective areas.... I've also adapted Tamrom slot-in filter holder to fit and the 43mm filters that allows are readily available. The genuine Minolta 42mm filters are threaded for more of the filter depth and so are "slimmer" overall when fitted into the drop-in filter holder.

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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