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

reviewer#10559 date: Oct-4-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-300mm USD
price paid:
positive:one of the better budget 300m zooms
AF limiter
Pleasant image
negative:Quite bulky (long)
Some CA
comment:This is one of the better budget 300mm zooms, while it's not as good as the Tamron USD the gap isn't huge, the big beercan is only held back by worse CA control and a slight glow to it's images (when pixel peeping), which is to be expected as many lenses of it's generation have those issues compared with modern lenses.

In the big beercan's favour is the classic minolta colours, exceptional build quality and a AF limiter.

One gripe I do have is this lens is quite long making it awkward to pack in smaller bags.

PS don't be put off by my sharpness rating of 3.5, I've rated the tamron at 4 so I have to rate it lower (only primes have ever got 5s from me)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 82
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.84
  • build: 4.89
  • distortion: 4.57
  • flare control: 4.18
  • overall: 4.60
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