Minolta AF 400mm F4.5 HS APO G A-mount lens review by Camprooster

reviewer#11599 date: Jan-11-2014
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:Minolta 35mm f2
Minolta 85mm F1.4 GD
Minolta 100mm f2.8 Macro RS
Sony ZA 135mm f1.8 Sonnar T
Minolta 200mm f2.8 HS
Sony 300mm f2.8 SSM
Sony 70-400 F4-5.6
price paid:2675.00 mint
positive:Sharp, Color, Bokeh, Build
2x faster focusing speed than the Sony 70-400 f4-5.6
comment:Well Minolta really built a gem here, its razor sharp across the frame and not to big, I have great success hand held as long as I keep the shutter speed at 1/500, when using a monopod you can shut the shutter speed down to 1/200, would highly recommend getting a monopod when using this lens at sunrise and sunset or when using a 1.4 teleconverter. If you like wildlife shots or if you need some reach for outdoor portraits or at the beach this is the lens to have . (better than the Sony 70-400 f4 as good as the Minolta 200 f2.8 and the Sony 300 f2.8)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 46
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.88
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