Minolta AF 3x-1x 1.7-2.8 Macro A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#45680 date: Mar-29-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:50/2.8 Macro
100/2.8 Macro
price paid:$899
positive:Price, durability, appearance
negative:none found so far
comment:
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Minolta AF Macro Zoom 3x-1x 1 review: 1,7 (16) -2,8
For the opportunity to review this lens Minolta AF Macro Zoom 3x-1x 1: 1,7 (16) -2,8 gratitude to the “Paparazzi” chain of stores, where you can purchase this lens and other photo equipment - http://www.fotomagazinpaparazzi.ua

Minolta AF Macro Zoom 3x-1x 1 review: 1,7 (16) -2,8
Minolta AF Macro Zoom 3x-1x 1 macro lens overview: 1,7 (16) -2,8

This lens is very similar to a microscope, it has a special tripod on which it is mounted, the lens itself always looks down on the tripod. In theory, below the tripod you need to place what you need to remove or re-shoot. Minolta AF Macro Zoom 3x-1x cannot work like a regular lens, Minolta AF Macro Zoom 3x-1x always works only in macro mode and with it can't focus on infinity. In fact, Zoom 3x-1x is responsible for the magnification, from 1x to 3x. In 1x mode, macro is available with a 1: 1 magnification, and with 3x, 3: 1 macro is available, that is, super-macro. - yang(residential roofers)
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.
reviewer#2419 date: Jun-6-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm macro
Extension tubes
Teleconverter
price paid:Ł1100
positive:Very high magnification
Motorised zoom and rotation
Very sharp
Included mini tripod
negative:The price!
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).
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.
reviews found: 4   

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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