Minolta AF 400mm F4.5 HS APO G A-mount lens review by maewpa
|maewpa#11912 date: Jul-19-2014
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|I own this lens
Sony 70-400G original
|2400 USD used
|Very good wide open
Light and cheap for what it offers
Focus limiter allows for fast focus
Lovely old-fashioned mechanical feel - a lens with soul
Produces photos with a certain look
Very effective focus limiter system
|A bit slow to go through the full focal range (use the limiter if you can)
Produces photos with a certain look (can be a negative too if that's not what you want)
Rather noisy focusing - but that is a charm too - it isn't a loud noise and I like it.
Obviously the coatings are state of the art for when it was made.
|Being able to use this lens is a wonderful bonus for Sony users. No system can offer 400mm at this quality at this price, with the option to add a TC and shoot at f/4.5. If you are coming from that system, this will replace a Canon 400/5.6 nicely, with bells on. It produces soft looking shots, but is a sharp lens... a bit if a contradiction and also it's charm. Work it out if you can, or just enjoy shooting. Not sure how it would go on 36MP but users seem happy, Anyway, the optics are great and any weaknesses are simply because this was designed more for the age of film, when it must have been a truly awesome lens. Up to 24MP it is still just about holding it's own and there is simply nothing else like it.