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

reviewer#10849 date: Jan-13-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4
Minolta 75-300 *New*
Tamron 200-400 LD
Minolta 100-300 APO
Tamron 70-300 USD
price paid:135 USD
positive:Great focus speed
Sharp
Focus limiter
negative:Bulk
CA
comment:Quality lens. When compared to the Beercan, its just a better lens, aside from the constant f/4 and that wonderful bokeh. Focus is fast. Does not seem to hunt at all. May have minor CA on odd surfaces with particular sun angles. However, this lens has removed nearly every use I had for a pristine new in box Beercan other than taking outdoor portraits or anything else that will benefit from that wonderful bokeh. Above 280mm, gets a bit soft. Throughout the rest of the range it is pretty sharp.

As loathe as I am to say it, this is a much better choice than a Beercan, if you can find it. And if you have the choice between a Big Beercan an a Beercan, get the Big Beercan. Overwhelmingly pleased with this lens. It isn't as good as the 100-300 APO, far less the Tamron 70-300 USD, but has better color than both. Fun lens.

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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