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

reviewer#9678 date: Dec-7-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 big beercan
Minolta 75-300 New
Minolta 75-300 II
price paid:41 GBP like new
positive:Sharp enough
Minolta colour
Effective Hood
negative:Poor AF, especially in low light
Feels and looks cheap - although it is!!
comment:The ratings are correct - this is the worse of the bunch of Minolta 75-300s - BUT my copy isn't that bad.
Usably sharp wide open across the range, it sharpens up with stopping down without ever achieving the excellent sharpness of the Big Beercan or New lenses. I may have a good copy and the reviews below suggest big variations between individual samples.

Very poor autofocus. Some PF at longer focal lengths.

Seems more comfortable when used for close up subjects.

Conclusion - good value for money if on a tight budget but the 75-300 New wont cost a lot more.

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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