Minolta AF 3x-1x 1.7-2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by BenKinetics
|BenKinetics#2419 date: Jun-6-2007|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 90mm macro|
|positive:||Very high magnification|
Motorised zoom and rotation
Included mini tripod
Lens cap is rubbish
Expensive non-rechargeable battery
|comment:||This seems to be the lens that everyone wants to try but no-one wants to buy, and I can see why - it's a lot of money for a very specialist lens, even if it does come with a tripod and a hard case. It really is way above any other macro lens I've tried, though, and quality is fantastic - none of the compromises you get when bodging with extension tubes or teleconverters.|
Officially, it's meant to be used on a tripod, and the included vertical-mount one is very handy - it's easy to get pin-sharp pictures of anything that will sit still under the tripod. AF works almost all the time (it hunts a bit in low light) and you can also manual focus with the built-in slider rail.
Handheld shooting is also possible - the focus distance means you can often hold the object you're shooting and the lens in your left hand. It takes a bit of practice, but produces some amazing results.
I'm waiting for a 1200AF flash to arrive so I can experiment with that - at present I'm limited to larger apertures which reduces the DoF.
Sample image (handheld).