Minolta AF 400mm F4.5 HS APO G A-mount lens review by Sydney2

reviewer#11836 date: May-20-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:SAL300F28G2
price paid:£1,300
positive:Mega sharp, wide open.
Low price, second hand.
Works well with 1.4 converter.
negative:Colour not up to modern lenses.
Build, also old fashioned
comment:I would always recommend the lens is calibrated to the camera.
There are times when I think this is sharper than my 300mm prime.
Because of modern coatings,this lens ( made for roll film )is left behind.
I easy capture kingfishers in flight, and they are very sharp, so focus not too slow for me.
Compared with the Canon 400mm F4, In my opinion, Its sharper, lighter and cheaper.But the Canon focuses faster.
Sony need an A mount prime 400mm, But it would be about £7,000, and beyond some peoples budget.

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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