Minolta AF 3x-1x 1.7-2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by Duur

reviewer#1111 date: Aug-24-2006
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:50/1.7 with macro-tube 25mm
price paid:300 Euro (ex-demo)
positive:Color, Sharpness
negative:weight
Front lens cover
comment:A beautiful lens. I got it very cheap because of a dust partical inside the lens, which would be relative easy to remove, but I have no problem with it.

Beautiful pictures are possible, but any hand-hold pictures are more or less impossible because of the weight.

The lens comes with a hard case and a nice little stand.
In the case there is a lot of space for accessories.

The front lens cover is a nice metal cover, but the connection with the lens is made with a felt rim

update:
Tested my lens on the a700, and to my surprise... no hunting of the AF.
The lens works just like on the dynax7 and earlier camera┬┤s
(If there┬┤s enough light)
The first impression is that the lens performs better on the a700 in the sharpness rating compared to the 7D.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.88
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