Minolta AF 400mm F4.5 HS APO G A-mount lens review by acinonyx12345

reviewer#4189 date: Oct-9-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:70-200 SONY 2.8 SSM
price paid:2700 USD
positive:Build quality
Good compromise between size, weight and aperture (compared to 2.8 lenses with same focal length)
AF ring protected when using a beanbag
Image quality amazingly preserved with 1.4 teleconverter
negative:Needs a bit of colour post-processing
AF too old and noisy, hunts in low lights, even with A900.
comment:Another excellent G lens. Superb build quality. Beware of the small DOF. Easy to use handheld, but for moving objects, tripod or beanbag recommended. Colours not as faithful as 70-200 2.8 SONY. Works GREAT with alpha 900 ; better stabilization than alpha 700 and super I.Q.; I really hope that Sony will keep this original lens and produce a SSM version.

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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