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

reviewer#9186 date: Jun-28-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
price paid:250 euro
positive:Build like a tank
Sharpness, very sharp in this range, sharpness is excellent
Good, smooth Bokeh
focus limiter
Macro ability
Nice minolta glass colours
Very good contrast
negative:Discontinued .
Better to use a third party extend-able rubber lens hood to avoid any flare.
comment:This has been an interesting and rewarding purchase.
This is the lens that should have always had the reputation that was attributed to the Beercan.
It is simply brilliant.
It is sharp,very sharp with magical colours & bokeh, snappy focusing and fast for a 300mm lens.
It is finally getting to that stage.
It is simply better .

It ‘s as sharp as the beercan, and even the minolta D , With flash at f9 - 16 astonishingly sharp for portraits at 150-300mm (looks like macro) .
This is a truly versatile lens.
While at extremes of range it can be soft if not stopped down a little, it matches the Beercan within the Beercan's "sweet spot" range and allows extra length if needed .
I like this lens a lot, I bought it to compare with an the 70-210 f/4 and my tests indicate that this lens is sharper than the 70-210 Beercan and the contrast seems better.
But your results may be different.
The focus limiter switch is another benefit that the 70-210 lacks.
So the focus limiter allows a faster AF than the beercan.
Great lens. Sturdy. Very nice bokeh, very good sharpness, suberb color rendition.
So this "big beercan" : It does not disapoint !
I am happy to found out a specimen of this lens in mint optical condition.
If you can find one go for it, JUST BUY IT !

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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