Minolta AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 D A-mount lens review by Epic Win

reviewer#10310 date: Jun-19-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.7
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:80-200mm f/2.8 HS APO
price paid:100 USD
positive:Cheap, light, disposable. Good bokeh.
negative:CA and speed were the only negatives I experienced
comment:Despite all the negative ratings you will find for this lens, it is capable of producing good pictures in a controlled environment. It is a great lens for a somewhat bright, overcast day. Produces rich colors with the default settings on a KM 7D and probably outresolves the sensor.

I recommend this lens for travel photography, when you want to keep your kit light and also know the weaknesses of this lens to pull it out when it will perform.

Going over some old pictures taken when I had this lens, close scrutiny reveals that out of focus areas ("bokeh") are nice and creamy wide open. I didn't find an obvious flaw with what I saw.

NOTE: this lens automatically focuses from zero distance to infinity owing to its "Macro" feature, therefore focus hunting can be a frequent problem if multiple surfaces catch its attention.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 47
  • sharpness: 3.89
  • color: 4.17
  • build: 3.66
  • distortion: 3.98
  • flare control: 3.74
  • overall: 3.89
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