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

reviewer#8167 date: Nov-2-2010
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:Sony 70200 F2.8G
price paid:2750 USD (Used)
positive:SuperSharp
focusing AF / MF accurate
Manual focus hold buttons
Quality glass
Manual focus shield
Large Metal Hood
Padded Metal carry case
negative:Can become a bit weighty after sometime, recommend tripod / monopod
Drop in filters can be hard to find
Could do with another focus hold button on underside of lens for easier focus hold
comment:When I purchased this lens no drop in filters came with it, due to the rarity of these filters, I purchased an adaptor ring to suit the set of Lee filters I have.

Manual focus by minor rotation of the focus ring is required to alter the focus

Apeture lock is really not required, unless you require constant apeture and wish to prevent accidental change, this is a feature probably rarely used.

Focus hold in AF 2 buttons located at 90° on top of the lens

Highly recommend this lens. Also recommend storing with silicagel packs in the case.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 44
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.86
  • build: 4.89
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.82
  • overall: 4.89
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