Cosina AF 100mm F3.5 MC macro A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#4249 date: Oct-15-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:compared to my Sigma 24-70mm 2.8, I like the macro pics better on the Cosina/Pnoenix a little better. I tend to use my Sigma more for portriats.
price paid:100
positive:Not a bad lens. I bought this lens based on the reviews and price. I got some pretty good pics with this lens and don't regret buying it.
negative:of course it is not auto focus on my Sony A100, but don't mind the control I have using manual.
comment:Great starter lens for macro photography if you are watching the budget.
reviewer#4209 date: Oct-10-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro
Sigma AF 105mm F/2.8 EX & EX DG Macro
MIN50F35 AF 1:2 Macro
MIN50F28 AF 1:1 Macro
price paid:£27.50 (used)
positive:IQ (in 1:2 mode)
Weight
Price
negative:DoF with 1:1 adapter is soft with fall-off in IQ with the 1:1 adapter towards outer 1/3rd of image
Course sounding AF motor
Cheap entry-level plastic lens body (similar to Minolta entry level lenses)
comment:I've owned both the Vivitar and Cosina versions of this lens so this is based on both brands albeit they're the same lens. The bokeh is buttery smooth and colours are vibrant and pleasing. With the 1:1 adapter lens fitted, I found a fall-off in detail toward the edges of the image and a general lack in DoF, though sharp at the centre, but this is likely as a result of the thick 1:1 macro adapter as it has a portion of it blacked out, though there is a full-sized 1:1 macro adapter lens (much like any filter in type) that doesn't compromise the image and therefore results are clean over the entire image.

The 49mm 1:1 adapter lens is the same thread size as the Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7, so I tried that combination with surprisingly nice results as it's a 'pseudo macro' lens, but very much worth experimenting with.

All in all, a truly remarkable budget macro/portrait/walkabout lens which has great IQ in decent light with a tough entry-level plastic body and an AF motor/zoom that sounds like a food blender! I couldn't afford a high-end dedicated macro prime (at the time of this review), but this budget version earns my respect when it delivers champagne quality images for lemonade money, but if its not for you, then consider the Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro (272ES / 272EM).

Both my A700 and A850 reported F/3.2 aperture with both brands as opposed to F/3.5 but the functionality of the lens isn't compromised.
reviewer#4135 date: Sep-27-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 1
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Great lens for occasional use.
negative:Plastic bits barely support the quality glass inside!
comment:For a long time I enjoyed my Plastic Fantastic and could see no reason to pay more for a "name" lens, until....

I took approx. 3000 shots of archaeological finds, tripod and cable release, manual focus and lens pointing straight down. I was bracketting the exposure and found that the lens barrel was so loose that the focus shifted because of the vibration from the shutter!

Never had problems with the lens horizontal, but if I had to do another big macro session, I'd get a mechanically superior lens to do it with.
reviewer#4125 date: Sep-22-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Ł50
positive:Cheap, lightweight
negative:can hunt in low contrast situations, rickety build
comment:I like the plastic fantastic - before my girlfriend picked me one up on e-bay I was fiddling around with a MD50mm reversed onto my 70-210 so so this was a delight. It's a good lens to start learning about close up work but I'm already looking to upgrade to the minolta 100 f2.8. On film its colours seem a little flat and it sometimes picks up a bit of flare which must be from the 1:1 adapter.
reviewer#3989 date: Aug-21-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nothing else I own
price paid:$80.00 USD (new)
positive:Light weight, sharp, metal lens mount
negative:Cheap feeling build,loud AF, Slow wide aperture (wish it was f2.8) No external raised mount orientation indication (bump). Loudest AF of any lens I've ever handled, sounds like a major manufacturing machine without lubricant
comment: Mine is the VIVITAR variant. I've wanted a macro lens for a while and was starting to search for a used one of these. I happened to stop into a local camera shop that sells SONY and seems to get a fair amount of used Minolta lenses. I happened to see the lens box in the counter and to pleasure and surprise this one was new old stock unopened with papers and the adapter lens. I managed to get two of them new in the box and traded one towards a mint XX beercan so I have under $150.00 in the beercan.

One strange thing is on my A-200 this copy registers f3.2 wide open rather than f3.5. All in all I agree with all the other reviews.

(edit) I've plaid with this lens quite a bit, it gives incredible image quality. The build quality could be better, but for the price you can't go wrong. This is a fun prime lens with decent performance that exceeds the price. AF sound like a old worn out coffee grinder.

(edit II) The more I play with this lens the more fun it is. In normal photographic distances it focuses fairly quickly. In Macro range the lens is slow and AF hunts. Even when I manage to pick up a "real" macro lens I will keep this one for the fun it provides.
reviewer#3238 date: Feb-6-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 f1,7
price paid:40usd
positive:sharp, cheap
negative:build, af speed, noisy, 1:2
comment:i like bokeh, sharpness and colours. build quality is terrible.
reviewer#3233 date: Feb-4-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm/f2.8 SP Di
price paid:Ł35 (used, like new)
positive:Excellent image quality for the price.
Light and very 'packable'.
negative:Looks and feels cheap (because it is!)
Screw-on adapter for 1:1
comment:I bought this lens (actually the Phoenix variant) for macro work, and that's what I use it for, even though I'm sure it's a capable long portrait lens.

The image quality is amazing for such a low-price lens. I had a brief opportunity to compare it with a Tamron SP 90 Di, and I could see no difference in sharpness or bokeh, even viewing at 100%.

If you're looking for a first macro lens, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this one.

On the downside:
- It's very plastic and a little creaky and wobbly. I suspect the gearing is all plastic, so longevity may be an issue. The focusing action is not particularly smooth. Autofocus is noisy, but I use mine almost always with manual focus.
- For 1:1 macro, you need to screw on the matched adapter (so make sure this is included if you're buying used)
reviewer#3149 date: Jan-7-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 /2.8 macro
price paid:SEK 1500 (€157) used
positive:-Sharp
-Inexpensive, considering the quality
-Very light-weight
negative:-Build
-Needs an adapter to reach 1:1
comment:When writing this review I realized that I have not used this lens for quite a while, and not on my A700. It has been replaced by the Minolta 50/2.8 macro, almost entirely because the Minolta does not require an adapter for macro photography.

Note: I rarely shoot near strong light sources, and know very little about flare. I haven't seen any flare in my shots, but this might just be my lack of knowing what to look for.
reviewer#3086 date: Dec-18-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 50mm f2.8 Macro , Minolta 35-70mm f4.0. Minolta 28-85mm f3.5.
price paid:149 USD (new)
positive:Exceptional sharpness and color for the price.
negative:needs the adapter for true 1:1, but the image quality does not suffer because of this.
comment:I was looking for a nice entry level Macro lens. The photo quality surpasses my minolta 35-70, and 28-85 lenses, and matches my sigma 50mm macro. I notice these aren't for sale (new) anymore. I think it is well worth the price!
reviewer#3075 date: Dec-16-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro
Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4
price paid:75 USD (used)
positive:Inexpensive
Exxtremely sharp
High Contrast
Light weight
negative:AF is very noisy
AF is a bit slow - to be expected with a macro lens
Needs a close up lens for 1:1
comment:The images you can get are tack sharp, excellent color, and good contrast. It works well as a standard 100mm lens - and is fast to focus without the noise at the close end. As a macro, this lens is one of the sharpest. The downside is the noisy AF, but that can be reduced significantly by adding a metal (read heavy) lens hood, or better yet, using one of the original Minolta close up lenses (the No. 2 is pretty close to 1:1). I cannot say how well the Vivitar adapter is as my lens did not come with it. However, the Minolta close up lenses (mine are 52mm so I had to use a step up adapter), give excellent results (the Minolta lenses are multi-element - the added weight also reduces the AF noise). If you can find one, get it. The 100mm focal length works well for field uss as it provides greater lens to subject distance (not to mention it is easier to light the subject too).
reviewer#3055 date: Dec-8-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:The only macro I've tried...
price paid:50 Euro (used)
positive:Cheap. Actually a lot sharper than I'd hoped for.
negative:AF is slow and very noisy!
comment:For the price you can't go wrong and the quality is not bad at all. It's best used MF I think. One odd thing: It says f/3.5 on the lens but in the EXIF-file it says f/3.2...
reviewer#3015 date: Dec-1-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28-85/3.5-4.5
KM 35-70/4
price paid:140 USD (new)
positive:Light weight, excellent price, great colors, fun factor
negative:Light weight gives it a somewhat flimsy feel, 1:1 macro adapter isn't permanently attached
comment:I have the Vivitar version of this lens. 1:1 macro at this price can't be beat. Very good colors (see my shots in the open views section). Has potential as a portrait lens, although I've not taken very many shots without the adapter mounted.

AF on a film body is reasonably fast, if a little noisy. 1:1 adapter mounts like a filter, and for the unwary it has great potential for getting lost or scratched.

Lens is smaller than I expected.
reviewer#2810 date: Oct-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 f4
28-75 2.8 D
price paid:S$ 100
positive:price
colour
sharpness
negative:wondering if the lens has macro switch
comment:good lens, compared to all the lens i have currently, its the best..
Some people may dislike the plasticky build, but for me its a good thing since i dun like to cary heavy lens around..
I just wondering, since this lens sharp, produce good colour, and while not taking macro focus also pretty fast just if it has macro switch, so can be used while not intending to shot macro, it would be a ultra lovely lens..
reviewer#2495 date: Jun-30-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:69 € (new)
positive:very sharp
low weight
cheap
negative:plastic build
noisy
comment:Good value for money
Make very good pictures
I like this lens
reviewer#2484 date: Jun-28-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 Lens kit
Minolta AF 35-70 1:3.5(22)-4.5
Minolta AF 75-300 D
price paid:150EUR (new)
positive:Sharp!!
Nice colors
A great CHEAP macro!
Good bokeh
Great for portraits
negative:Build quality
Very slow AF
Noisy while focusing
Need the adapter for 1:1
comment:Great macro with fantastic IQ for the price. It's also a nice lens for closeups portraits without the 1:1 adapter.
reviewer#2409 date: Jun-4-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Not tested any other macro lenses.
price paid:Ł65
positive:Light, sharp, very cheap and capable lens.
negative:1:2 unless used with the 1:1 adapter however this significantly reduces image quality.
comment:I purchased this lens on a whim and have loved it. Coupled with a decent flashgun it really does do a good job. However it is only a 1:2 lens so your subject is half life size in the viewfinder.

It is very light but not so well built which is evident from the feel of the lens, this doesnt detract from its useability though since it doesnt break the bank or your arms.

All in all a great budget lens.
reviewer#2408 date: Jun-4-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Tamron 70-210 f3.5/4.5
price paid:85 USD (used)
positive:Cheap
Good image quality
Very light
negative:None for the price
comment:My lens is a Vivitar and it's a bargain. I've no complaints about the image quality at all and I am quite impressed given its price. The AF is a bit slow and noisy, but not that bad. Macro focusing is more easily done manually especially using the adapter. The AF noise is a function of the weight - adding weight to the focusing barrel kills the noise. So I'm happy to have a little noise and less weight.
reviewer#2257 date: May-4-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:€ 100 second hand
positive:Good but cheap
negative:Good but cheap
comment:See my review of Voigtlander 100 3.5

A good lens, cheaply build but fun to use and with great pics as a result. Use it often in our garden for flower macros.
reviewer#2253 date: May-3-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta maxxum 100mm macro, Sigma 105mm macro, Tamron 90mm macro.
price paid:140 US new
positive:As sharp as a macro costing 3 times the price! High quality metal lens mount.
negative:Yes, definitley plasticy lens barrels.
comment:While the lens barrels are plasticy, this lens should be evaluated with it's price in mind. It only has 5 lens elements in 4 groups, which, with the assistance of the multicoatings, very visibly contributes to the highest contrast lens I have ever seen. I continue to be impressed with this lens. Optically, it excellent - no difference between it and my other high priced lenses - except the Vivitar has higher contrast!! Buy one if you can.
reviewer#1992 date: Mar-19-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300/4.5-5.6
price paid:95GBP
positive:Very sharp and crisp macro
Light
Great for portraits as DoF is well controlled
Cheap
negative:Feels like a toy!
Screw on diopter for 1:1 is a hassle to use
comment:Very sharp, clear pictures. I ended up taking a lot of portrait shots with this lens that came out really well.

This is a good lens for those who want to have a dabble in macro photoghraphy but don't want to blow big money on one of the other established 90/100/105mm lenses

If I end up doing more macro work, I'd probably swap this for the Sony 100mm.
reviewer#1930 date: Mar-8-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D
Minolta 70-210 F4 (beercan)
Sigma EX DG 85 F1.4 HSM
price paid:100 GBP (new)
positive:Sharp
Colour & Contrast
Non-rotating front element
negative:Little dust protection
The focus ring is slow and staggered.
Needs adaptor for 1:1
CA wide open
Slow AF (because it's a macro), esp. when it hunts
comment:Very *FUN* lens to use. Excellent as a macro, but also great as a portrait lens. Colour & contrast are both excellent; I very rarely adjust jpegs taken with this lens on my computer afterwards. I've taken some great portrait shots at f/3.5; the lens delivers a lot of resolution (such as at a subject's irises) wide-open.

Despite having a mainly plastic body, the mount is made of metal.

There is a couple of shortcomings: I mainly tend to focus by MF'ing to shortest distance and then moving the camera. MF'ing the ring itself is far from ideal, as the AF mechanism provides awkward, uneven resistance. AF is slow (to be expected) and not always on the mark -- also to be expected, given the sub-mm-thin DOF you get with 1:1 macro.

The 1:1 adaptor is fiddly and very easy to get dirty unless you're careful with it. Also it is very easy for dust to get inside the barrel, which can then move on to your sensor, so be careful with this one.


In a nutshell: The optics are supreme. Perfect. Fantastic. Lets you take brilliant close-ups and portraits. But what's around the glass is mostly junk :-) Still, great value and lots of fun.
reviewer#1798 date: Feb-9-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina AT-X AF Pro 17 f3.5
Minolta 35 f2
Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 28-80 kit lens
price paid:110 USD (new)
positive:Sharp, sharp, sharp.
Great value.
Good length for portraits.
negative:Noisy AF.
Cheap build, but at least it has a metal mount.
AF hunts a lot.
Screw on adaptor for 1-1 macro work
comment:Great bargain. Sure I'd rather have a Minolta or Tamron 100 f2.8 but this is so much cheaper, I don't do anywhere near enough macro to justify the extra.
Like others mine reads f3.2 wide open but it still exposes as for f3.5.
reviewer#1692 date: Jan-23-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:€70
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:see http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=10539 for my full review
reviewer#1578 date: Dec-27-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:125 (new)
positive:Great pictures for next to nothing.
negative:Loud AF and cheap feeling body. Have to use an adaptor to get to 1:1.
comment:A nice value. It takes some great pictures with good sharpness and nice bokeh. Hard to belive it only costs $125. The downside is that the body is super cheap, the AF is slow, and the manual focus isn't well damped. But you really can't beat it for value. Having to use an adaptor to get to 1:1 isn't fun though.
reviewer#1436 date: Nov-18-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 24-135, Vivita 70-210, Sigma 70-300, Tamron 28-300
price paid:134 usd (new)
positive:Sharp, Low Price, Light
negative:The build quality is not bad for the price
comment:Great lens for the price (Henry's) hardly use the supplied 1:1 as you have to get very close to the bugs with it on - portrait lens as well. I don't think the build quality is that bad, although I've only had it just under a year & haven't dropped it yet. Only use it in Manual Focus as others righly point out it makes enough noise to wake the dead in AF.
reviewer#1063 date: Aug-2-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 100 macro, Tamron 90 SP DI macro.
price paid:$50 US
positive:Cheap 'n cheerful. Good sharpness.
negative:Cheap feel, wobbly barrel, AF noise. 1:1 adapter.
comment:Bought the Plastic Fantastic to give to a 5D owning friend in open but unused condition for $50US including a Tiffen UV filter. Spent some time playing with the lens and had so much fun that I may buy another one for myself.

The one I bought was sold as the Phoenix and is as plasticky and wobbly as the others. At least it has a metal mount. I think with careful use, the lens should hold up ok. The loud AF is what worries me. I wonder if the interal gearing are plastic as well. That may not bode well for long term reliability but at this price and performance, who cares? For 1/10th the price of the Minolta 100 macro, you get easily 75% of its performance. Good sharpness and color (not as vibrant as the Minolta or Tamron 90). Useable sharpness wide open. Bokeh is decent but not in the league of the top tier macros. AF speed is also a bit slower than others but what really hampers it is the lack of a focus limiter switch. At least focusing is accurate. Having to use the 1:1 adapter for macro work is clumsy at best even if it doesn't seem to detract from the lens' optical performance. Without the adapter, it makes a fine but longish portrait lens but the 3.5 max aperature may not be sufficient for some needs.

If you can look past its cheap construction quality, the lens is one of the best bargains available. Easy to find new and often available used, I highly recommend the lens for those needing a macro without wanting to spend too much. Also makes a fine backup to your primary macro lens.
reviewer#881 date: Jun-5-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:18-70 kit lens, 100/2.8
price paid:75 EUR (new)
positive:- cheap
- reasonable IQ
negative:- F3.5
- 1:1 with adapter
- Focus hunts a lot when in low light (noisy, slow)
comment:Recommended for macro beginners and those, who don't want to spend a lot of money on macro lens...
reviewer#827 date: May-21-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 18-70mm DT kit
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp.
Light.
negative:Very ugly.
Needs adaptor for 1:1.
Noisy AF.
comment:Bought the Cosina version for Ł50 on e-bay as my introduction to macro photography.
Very impressed with image quality.
Excellent value for money.
Best used on MF as AF sounds like a coffee grinder.
Also makes a good 150mm portrait lens on 5D.
reviewer#794 date: May-15-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 1
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp, cheap, light, small
negative:loud and very very slow AF
builtquality
comment:Very good lens. i dont have the 1:1 lens that belongs to it, but in 1:2 its very very sharp. the bokeh is pleasing (as it should be with a macro lens, just because there is a hell lot of bokeh in most macro shots).

i paid € 85,-- with shipping.
its a very good entry to macrophotography i think. i use it together with a kenko 1,5 SHQ DG TC and it works very well.

the only two things negative (besides of beeing only 1:2) is the bad builtquality and the extremely slow and noisy AF.
reviewer#776 date: May-11-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 1
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 2.8/105
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, low price, low weight.
negative:Horrible build quality!
comment:This lens is really what I would call a good deal - you'll do hard finding a better 100 mm macro at this price. Image quality is very good, but the Sigma 2.8/105 seems slightly sharper. The lens comes without a lens hood, but I never observed any flaring issues. An adaptor is necessary for 1:1 (included).
The major drawback is build quality. I never saw a lens that felt cheaper! AF is slow (OK for a macro) and very noisy. Manual focussing feels strange, not comparable to any of the more expensive macro lenses.
While this lens represents an acceptable intermediate solution for me, I plan to get myself a Sigma 2.8/105 or a Minolta 2.8/100 - as soon as I can afford it! :-)
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 63
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.48
  • build: 2.78
  • distortion: 4.60
  • flare control: 4.16
  • overall: 4.13

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