Minolta AF 600mm F4 APO A-mount lens review by Hans Toom

reviewer#8031 date: Sep-29-2010
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 400mm F4.5, Canon 100-400mm. Sony 70-400mm, Minolta 300mm F4
price paid:4500
positive:I've used this lens for a year and am delighted with the performance. It is the sharpest less I use and performs very well with the 1.4X Minolta teleconverter. Performance is very good with the Sigma 2X teleconverter. Yes it autofocuses with the Sigma 2X. It is rated sharper than the HS version possibly due to focusing errors with the HS version. Both this version and HS have identical optics. The focus limiter increases focus speed considerably.
negative:None, unless you think weight is a problem. I note it is the same weight as Nikon and Canon equivalents.
comment:The price was a bargain because the seller rated the lens as an 8.5 due to some surface scuffs although there were no paint chips except at the bottom of the mounting plate. With a little cleanup, removing scuffs and adding some touchup paint I now rate it a 9.8.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.90
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.90
  • overall: 4.90
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