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

reviewer#4347 date: Nov-10-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 (also with 1.4x and 2x TC)
CZ 24-70mm
price paid:2700USD (Used)
AF very accurate and fast
negative:For that price I would like it to be new...
comment:In one word - WOW!!!
I wasn't planning to buy this lens. I was looking for Minolta 300mm f/2.8 HS (I still think 300mm will more useful to me, especially with TCs), but I found this one and decided to go for it.
After few weeks of not finding time to use it properly (I don't have time to go out to nature, and shooting indoor is not a proper use of this lens...), I was already ready to sell it.
Then I had chance to go for birding. The first shot, wide open, left me amazed! That lens is great!
It is sharp wide open, amazingly sharp when closed a little, down to ~f/11 when image becomes bad (at f/16 it is not very useful).

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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