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

reviewer#4476 date: Dec-6-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:sal1870
price paid:66 euro! (mint)
positive:Cheap and light!
surprisingly fast AF
great minolta colours
Very sharp stopped down
negative:nothing, considering the price!
comment:For this price, nothing can beat this lens! I used it om my Alpha 300. I was really surprised when I bought this lens. VERY sharp in daylight, sharp at night stopped down. Even without flash it gives more than average results indoors! Awesome minolta colours (blows away the sal 1870 kitlens here).
VERY fast and smooth AF. Only at 280-300 it can hunt a bit, and you need to zoom out and back in. No problem for me.
A bit slow, goes to 5.6 very quick, but this is normal for a non prime tele. Feels a bit cheap because it is in plastic.
Don't know why it gets bad reviews. You can not compare this lens with a prime. Maybe I got lucky and got a great copy. A must have if you do not have the money to buy a prime....but then again, does an amateur really need a prime?

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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