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

reviewer#10966 date: Mar-8-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:Beercan 70-210
Tamron 70-300 USD
Minolta - 75-300 F4.5-5.6 New
price paid:€200
positive:Minolta Colours
Focal Range
Focus Limiter
Good Bokeh
Bad flare Control en CA
comment:This was one of the first lenses I ownded and used it on a Sony A55. A bit big and heavy for this camera.

Decent focus speed, strong build en beautiful colors. Produced better pictures than the New version, but was significantly slower in AF. Performed a bit better than the Beercan but for me personally theres a better focal range on the Big Beercan.

In hindsight and for a bit extra money I'd go for the Tamron USD, but you should be willing to settle for less depth of colour en no focus limiter.

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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