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

reviewer#1915 date: Mar-6-2007
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
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:Minolta AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
Cosina 100 F3.5 Macro
Sigma EX DG 85 F1.4 HSM
price paid:[gift]
Nice bokeh
Long reach
Metal mount
D lens -> v. good with flash
Better MF control than older AF lenses
"makes you look like a pro" (friend's comment)
Purple fringing
Focus hunting in indoor light levels or less when zoomed in.
comment:Nice and lightweight, but doesn't feel cheap. Pleasant colours and good for portraits on sunny days. No problems for MF. Much less CA than the beercan wide open, but soft nonetheless and evident purple fringing, e.g. on flash shots. The softness persists beyond f/8 at longer f-lengths: would recommend f/11 for 300 mm. Hampered by small aperture ratio at the long end, it hunts a lot, especially in low light / indoors.

At 10 MP, cropped beercan shots from 210mm had more detail than uncropped 300 mm shots from this lens.

Hmmm, a bit of a toy lens, but you get what you pay for!

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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