Minolta AF Reflex 500mm F8 A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44490 date: Apr-3-2020
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR Di
Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR
Tokina AF 35-300 F4.5-6.7
Sony DT 55-300 SAM
Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM
Sony 70-300 G SSM II
Tamron SP 70-300 USD
Sony A 70-400 G SSM
Minolta AF 75-300 "Big Beercan"
Minolta AF 75-300 D
Minolta AF 100-300 APO
Minolta AF 100-300 APO D
Minolta AF 100-400 APO
Sigma 150-500 F5-6.3 DG APO OS HSM
Sigma AF 300 F4 APO Tele Macro
Sigma AF 400 F5.6 APO
Sigma 600 F8
Rokinon 800 F8 DX
price paid:169 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Minimal fringing
negative:Donut OoF
Shallow DoF
Pincushion distortion (FF)
No Lens Compensation
comment:A nice clean copy in good working condition with both filters, caps, hood, and original case (unusable). I have had this for over half a year and just finally took it out today. "JAPAN"

It has much higher resolution than the Sigma and Rokinon mirror lenses. It is sharp on the 1.85 ┬Ám spaced pixels of the Pentax Q7 as long as the focus is accurate. The depth of field is very shallow.

Unfortunately, this would not autofocus well enough on either the A77II or the LA-EA4 adapter.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 90
  • sharpness: 4.35
  • color: 4.37
  • build: 4.62
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.32
  • overall: 4.49
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