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

reviewer#5249 date: Apr-18-2009
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:Tamron 200-500
price paid:
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comment:I may need to lower the ratings slightly from my old Tamron 200-500. This lens, within the first few shots I took, is amazingly better. The colors were better, but the main thing was that the shots are amazingly sharper! I also love the build. It is built like a tank! Solid metal, very sturdy, but still able to hand hold it. I may not be able to hike as long with it out and a grip on, so I may have to hike with the grip off when going out with this lens. The lens also focuses a lot faster than the Tamron 200-500 as well. If you have a choice, I'd say get this lens! I loved the range of the Tammy, but then decided that I'd go for the quality of this lens since I either used 200 or 500 on the Tammy the last couple years. It matches well with the Kenko DG 300 1.4x and is still faster than the Tammy.

rating summary

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  • 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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