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

reviewer#2734 date: Sep-16-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:50/2.8 Macro
100/2.8 Macro
price paid:500
positive:Unique 3X-1X life size magnification
Interesting slide copier

negative:Lighting will be a problem without external light source (1200AF) unless use outdoor indoor
Handheld is not pratical/possible due to extreme shallow DOF
Tripod or copy stand is a must
comment:This is a rather special lens for extreme Macro/closeup.
For indoor use, you'll need a ring flash (1200AF etc.)
The working distance is very limited (inch/cm from the front lens!!) and DOF very shallow. For outdoor use, handholding is possible but you are literally inch/cm from the subject and this is good for static object only.

I eventually sold it and use Macro lenses, Minolta Closeup lenses, extension tubes, reverse adapter and bellows to acheive higher magnification.

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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