Minolta AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by Freddan_6

reviewer#9889 date: Feb-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO.
Tamron 200-400 5.6
Minolta 80-200 2.8 APO
price paid:1200 SEK = 136€
positive:Sharp and good colors.
negative:Heavy. not perfect flare control. Noisy. Zoom creep. Good but not perfect sharpness
comment:Very sharp when stopped down to at least 7.1 at 300mm. Good for birding, Sometimes the autofocus is noisy. In bad light it might hunt. Sharp. Very nice colors. I bought a new copy of this lens after the helicoil of the first broke. Same sharpness between the two copies.
At 75-250 mm it is sharp full open.
At 250-300 mm it needs some stopping down to get fully sharp.
After stopping down to f:7.1 it is sharp in the center. The 100-300 APO has the same sharpness at f:5.6
Much sharper than Tamron 200-400.
Less prone to flare than the Tamron. Very little distortion. No vignetting on APS-C sensor.

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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