Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#4280 date: Oct-25-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Mino 24-50 f4
Sony kit lens 18-70
price paid:65 new
positive:Cheap. Light. Great Bang for the Buck.
negative:6 ft minimum focus distance
comment:Being how inexpensive the lens was, I was surprised at how nice the pictures came out. Nice bokeh, but a little choppy. Definitely more than adequate. Very small and light for a tele. Worth keeping as a travel light tele lens.
reviewer#4254 date: Oct-17-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 28-70
Sigma 100-300
Minolta 35-105 old
Minolta 75-300 Big Beercan
price paid:S$140 used
positive:Light
Sharp
Beercan type construction

negative:Minimum focus... 1.8m
comment:I bought this lens for collection purposes. Reason being it share the same "Beercan" construction design. Great for people who want to shoot portraits from a distance.
reviewer#4151 date: Sep-29-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:75-200mm F4.5 Rokinon,
100-300mm F4-5.6 Minolta xi
price paid:Ł50 (used)
positive:Great results,
Small
negative:100-200 is a small range to work in
comment:Great zoom lens. Goes nicely with my 28-105 as a combined package.
reviewer#4048 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:beercan
sony 18-250mm
tam 55-200mm
price paid:L55
positive:minolta colour
cheap
compact & light
negative:1.9m min focusing distance
soft wide open
comment:i'm sure the 1st copy i had was a bit better...

nice colour, compact, cheap but it's soft wide open @ 200mm (not quite as bad @ 100mm) and needs to be stopped down to f5.6 for it be acceptable however beercan's sharpness clearly beats it.

CA control seems a little better than the beercan and if you're shooting at 5.6+ it's not an issue. AF is faster than the beercan but it comes at the cost of a long MFD of 1.9m which is limiting for indoor use.

don't get me wrong however, this lens has all the x-factor qualities the beercan does in a more compact travel friendly size and takes a real nice picture. APS-C user would be be better off with a aony/tam 55-200mm IMHO but it s worthwhile compact telephoto option for FF users.
reviewer#3920 date: Aug-3-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Everything I have
price paid:68 USD
positive:Bokeh
color
sharpness
build
negative:
missing
comment:This lens was not designed to do close up work. It was made to take those shots from the Opera Pit. Constant f/4.5 is fantastic.

The filter turns when focusing, well how many times do you use a polorizer from an Opera Pit. Jethro Tull Pics from the balcony.....EASY.

reviewer#3828 date: Jul-9-2008
sharpness: 2
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 75-300mm
- Sigma 28mm-200mm zoom
- Minolta 28-100mm
- Minolta 100-200mm
- Sigma 105mm macro
price paid:75 USD (used)
positive:- has a clever feature for clipping on the lens hood
- small and light
- no distortion visible, but distortion is not expected much in this focus range.
- inexpensive
negative:- considerably less sharp than expected, given the "rave" reviews here.
- Won't focus closer than two meters
- I get better results from less highly rated lenses
- slightly slow auto-focus, even on a blazing Alpha 700.
- noticeable purple fringing at the edges of the frame.
comment:I spent over an hour testing the lens at various focal lengths and apertures. At 100mm, I couldn't get close enough to have my detail test card fill the frame. I've never had a lens of this focal length with as frustratingly long close focus range. I expected much more of the lens, and I'm returning it or getting rid of it ASAP. I figured with the fairly easy parameters of a 2X zoom (100-200mm), that it would be designed to be very sharp at the 100mm and 200mm mark. In fact, my other lenses did much better at both the 100mm and 200mm marks in terms of sharpness and color fringing. And both my older Minolta lenses, though designed for digital cost me less (refurbished).
Stick with the newer technology. Great strides have been taken in lens design since this one came along. If you want me to post some of the test results, please let me know.
reviewer#3818 date: Jul-7-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 DI LD
Minolta 75-300 f4-5.6 Big Beer Can
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
price paid:$50.00 USD (used)
positive:Small, great color. sharp images. Almost as nice as the Beer can series
negative:As mentioned, long minimum focus distance
comment:Really a nice sized lens for travel. My copy seems to be sharp.

Color and Contrast on par with the Beercan, really the equal to the 70-210 f4.0 with only 1/3 stop difference. The size is very nice allows you to be more discreet.

It would be nice if the lens had closer focus, but I suppose that would have raised the price.

This is a real sleeper and is bound to go up in price as the other lenses increase in price.
reviewer#3816 date: Jul-7-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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 70-210 f3.5-4.5
price paid:62 GBP
positive:Lightweight
Colour
Reasonably sharp
negative:Close focus distance
comment:Very competent lens, nicely built
reviewer#3774 date: Jul-1-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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:tamron 75-300
price paid:
missing
positive:light
sharp at 100mm
great colour
negative:softer at 200mm
comment:
missing
reviewer#3743 date: Jun-21-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:sony DT 18-250 f3.5-6.3
sony DT 55-200 f4-5.6
minolta 70-210 f4 beercan
sigma 28-200 f3.5-5.6
price paid:120USD used
positive:Sharp
Color is remarkable
light
HIghly unrated
since is a FF lens on APSC camera the sweet spot is there.
constant f4.5
negative:wish it was a f2.8.
the drawback filter rotates when focusing making CPL filters attachments hard.
comment:Had is for almost 4 months, loving every usage of it.

some people mention about the focusing noise I find it perfectly nice not loud.

focusing speed is much faster when use on the A350 and A700, bringing it on par with Sonys other lenses. Not the latest ssm models.

Is really a under-rated lens. Much lighter than the beer can and as sharp as the beer can when stop down.

Color and bokeh wise is holds true to traditional Minolta trade marks.

Comparing it at 200mnm to sony 18-250, 55-200 and the sigma 28-200. It produces sharper pictures than them. Pitting it next to the beer can it is on par if we step down.

Overall a cheap and worth while lens to have.
reviewer#3709 date: Jun-12-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Beercan
SAL 18-250
price paid:80 USD
positive:Shaper than Beercan at 200mm and wide open
VERY fast focusing
negative:Not a Macro has a minomum 2 meter focuse distance
comment:This is a dark horse bargain lens.. This is what I would take to a sporting event until I can afford a G zoom.
At f4.5 this is like the Beercan stopped down to F7.1 or F8

And its design makes it one of the fastest focusing lenses on my A700.
reviewer#3566 date: May-7-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210mm f/4
75-300mm 1st version
price paid:
missing
positive:light and small 200mm zoom lens
quality metal contruction
Sharp
Excellent colors
inexpensive
negative:Long minimum focus distance - 1.9m
Unattractive 100-200mm range
comment:This is a sleeper lens.

This lens has about the same IQs and colors as the Beercans but it is less expensive. The catch? I guess it has a not so attractive 100-200mm range and it lacks the macro function. 100mm is too long sometimes for portrait and 1.9 meter minimum focal length is not very convenient either. I often used the bigger (regular or big) Beercans instead. If you can live with the above cons this is the best valued mid-range zoom lens available.
reviewer#3459 date: Apr-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:very sharp
small and light
fast AF
constant aparture
negative:long minimal focusing distance
comment:



reviewer#3449 date: Apr-11-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 135mm AF f/2.8
Minolta 70-210mm AF f/4.0 (Beercan)
Minolta 80-200mm AF f/2.8 APO
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S
price paid:125 (near mint)
positive:Sharp at f/4.5
Good build quality
Compact
Light weight
Great Minolta colors
Inexpensive
Fast AF
negative:1.9 meter minimum focus distance.
comment:This lens is known as the "small beer can" and it is one of Minolta's most under-rated lenses. It is fairly sharp wide open at both 100mm and 200mm. Edge sharpness is similar to center sharpness through most of its focal lengths and apertures. Sharpness does improve slightly beginning at f/5.6, but f/4.5 rarely disappoints. Zoom action is smooth, fast, and accurate, but not up to the standard of the Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 APO G. On the Sony Alpha 350 and A700, autofocus is fast and exhibits good low light accuracy. Focus speed is almost as quick as the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S. However, this Minolta's color rendition is much better, it is less than half the size, a fraction of the weight, and fifteen times less expensive. Compared to my Minolta 135mm f/2.8, it is almost as sharp and focuses almost as quickly. Compared to the 70-210mm f/4.0 Beercan, the 100-200mm is slightly sharper at all focal lengths, focuses more quickly, and is much easier to use and transport. Color characteristics seem to be similar to the beer can.

Chromatic aberration is not nearly as much of a problem as I thought it would be, but it is slightly worse than the Minolta 135mm AF f/2.8. It is most noticeable at f/4.5 and becomes much better controlled at f/6.3. I have yet to have any flare problems with this lens, but I'm careful to use the lens hood when a bright light source is near the field of view. Distortion near the edges is very well-controlled and never to objectionable levels. A mostly metal barrel and fairly tight tolerances make for very good build quality that is on-par with the Minolta 135mm AF f/2.8. Despite years of hard use, this lens is no worse for the wear.

To best this lens, you need either a fast prime, such as the Minolta 200mm f/2.8 APO, or a fast zoom, such as the Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 APO. Both of these lenses are noticeably sharper with better contrast and even better colors. If these aren't in your budget, the Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5 might be your best bet.
reviewer#2882 date: Oct-29-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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:Sony SAL 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Kitlens
price paid:50 € without lenshoo
positive:Not soo heavy, quite nice for travelling. Measurments ar quit as the kitlens!!!!
Build quailty is gorgeouse, and the colors of that lens are just minolta like, very nice!!!
negative:The range of that lens it not soo nice on digital aps cameras. But if you get used to it its fine.
comment:I made some testshot as i received the lens and first the pictures seemed very bad to me, but then i noticed that the af is often working wrongly thats why the sharpness was not soo good as I expected. So I made it manually what worked quit well, and the pictures that I made manually were great! Maybe its just my lens that had many signs of used, White paint drops. It looked like it was just lying around in a painters house. But the glass had no signs of use!!! So I cleaned it with a liquid for my glasses and It looked like new after ;-)
A very nice lens for that money! I WILL DEFINATLY KEEP IT AND TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THE BEERCANS!!!! (I am not rating disrortion because I dont have a lens hood!)
reviewer#2722 date: Sep-13-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
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:beercan, 75-300, sony kit
price paid:90 USD (USED)
positive:
very lightweight!
good minolta colours
price
sharp throughout range
bokeh
negative:range is a little limited
CA very noticable
comment:my 2nd lens i purchased for the sony alpha and my first telephoto lens. at first i didn't know what to expect and kept it at home for a while, pulled it out, got blurry shots and thought what the hell, why is it so hard to shoot steady? I thought it was the focal length that i was just not accustomed to. so after one day i took it out to santa monica pier and just shot and shot, man was i happy! the lens was so sharp, so much detail, such colour, and it is so light.
After picking up many other lenses, its light weight was very lovely, carrying it around and holding it on the body just makes such a big difference. i ended up selling it to a friend so i wouldn't have too much overlap after picking up the beercan and 75-300 - but nothing wrong with it and definitely worth keeping, its value is high and size convenient. hardly any flare and i shot in the bright day at the beach often, CA was far more noticable but for the price, how can you complain? highly recommended for anyone looking for a nice length tele at a very affordable price.
reviewer#2618 date: Aug-10-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:tamron 100-300
sigma 75-300 apo
price paid:45 GBP
positive:small
light
sharp
negative:usual problem with old zoomsPF and CA
comment:i was looking for a small tele zoom this fitted the bill.
I haven't been disappointed sharp at 4.5 at 100 and at 200 when stopped down a bit, did i mention it's small?
reviewer#2160 date: Apr-14-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 70-210 (Beercan)
price paid:49 USD (used)
positive:Decent Sharpness
Great Color
Good Zoom Range
negative:Speed
comment:For the price, a great little lens. However, on my A100 10MP sensor, it is stretched a little thin. I would not plan on printing much beyond 5x7 inches (125x175mm) with the sample I had, which was purchased from KEH used. Compared to the 28-135 and 70-210, my example fell short, though I am demanding and expect to be able to print 8x10 inches (200x250mm) and bigger.
reviewer#2145 date: Apr-12-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:- ultra small (for 200mm)
- ultra light
- handles well
- sharp stopped a lot down at tele
- sharp at wide
negative:- too much CA
- too much PF
- soft at tele
- long minimum focus distance: 1.9m
comment:If you don't want to carry a lot of glass and want a tele just 'in case' you need it, thats the perfect one:) its REALLY small and light, and shoots good pictures. beware of the minimum focusing distance, it can be a real show stopper.
reviewer#1855 date: Feb-19-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
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:70-210/4
price paid:approx. 50 EUR
positive:cheap, small, light
negative:soft wide open, limited zoom range, long minimum focus distance
comment:Bought this one in a kit with 7000 body and 50/1.7 for a total of 120 EUR. So maybe for the lens I paid around 50 EUR.
It is not as sharp as the beercan (70-210/4) wide open but gets close once stopped down a bit. It also a little bit slower than the beercan, but not really worth to mention. The relatively long minimum focus distance make it not as usable for portraits indoors or for close-ups outdoors as the beercan. It is much lighter and smaller though, so I prefer to take it if I want to carry light or for street photography, where I don't want to point the big beercan into everybody's face. It combines very nicely with the 24-85 for a light walk around package. For the price, you can hardly beat this lens.

reviewer#1844 date: Feb-16-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 old
Minolta 50mm F1.7 old
KM 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:80 USD (old)
positive:Small, light weight, Good sharpness and colour, cheap
negative:Small aperature, slow AF, 1.9m minimum of focus distance
comment:I like this lens very much mostly because of its light weight and sharpness. Although i am not keen at telephoto, i usually bring it with my 24-85.
reviewer#1746 date: Feb-5-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
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:Beercan (AF 4/70-210)
price paid:70 EUR
positive:Compact size, good sharpness (especially at the short end), inexpensive
negative:Starts only at f/4.5, front element moved by gravity when vertically oriented
comment:As I don't have a "real" high quality tele zoom, I was searching for a light carry-on intermediate solution. The 4.5/100-200 perfectly fits my needs. It's light, sharp and well usable under daylight conditions. At the long end, it shows some minor distortions. A direct comparison to the legendary beercan showed me that heavier is not always better.
reviewer#1653 date: Jan-14-2007
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:Sigma 70-300mm blah blah cheap
Tokina 28-210mm f3.5-5.6 slide
price paid:70usd second hand
positive:light weight
reproductive performance
amazes me again and again
negative:slow af and old rusty design
comment:One of my first budget lenses to cover the medium zoom range. What it lacks of constructive performance, it makes up with amazing image quality.

No complaints here about sharpness, fringing, abberration and vignetting. I mean really come on, 70 bucks!

Only time is taking its toll. The lens house design is all plastics and the af mechanics are old and outdated, probably as old as I am! I would not be surprised if today or tomorrow the af mechanica or the plastic house breaks. KM really should have also made a RS version of this lens.

When it breaks down I'll probably replace it with a new KM 100-200 f4.5 or a beercan! These older cheap KM performers and the other well known cheap KM performers such as the 50mm are very handy when travelling, because I'm very keen on my expensive glass, that I will be able to leave at home when travelling.

Pros versus cons.

Pros:
-Light weight with average dimensions. I walk all day with the lens on the 5D, yet the weight is hardly a burden.
-Sharpness and colours are great, when you have enough light. Outside in the garden or in the streets this lens reveals its full powers.
-The zoom range seems awkward, but when you know what this lenses strong points and weaknesses are, you'll find yourself very comfortable with its zoom range. Its versatility reaches from portret to street to rural and everything in between.
-Wide aperture through whole range. Well, not wide enough for outstanding low light performance, but good enough to produce nice shallow dof and bokeh. Especially outdoors on clear to sunny days with its typical colour temperature this lens produces very VERY nice images.
-Price. Every ones who owns a slr with KM af mount should try the lens for one day. No one would regret it!!!

Cons:
-Rule one and general rule for all time: get a sun hood. This lens makes no exception, yet it's just a rule.
-the lens house is a very old design: plastic lens house, outdated ergonomics and materials. Well, not very interesting issue here.
-AF is really slow. Let's say with this lens I'm not interested in AF. With this lens I'm on manual focus all the time.
-Minimal focus distance unusual long. Get used to it and you will never ever complain about it.

Sum: get one. Now!

reviewer#1628 date: Jan-9-2007
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:- Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:Very little
positive:- Very sharp when stepped down a bit
- Price
- Bokeh
negative:- Zoom range
- Small aperture
comment:This is a fantastic lens. It is lighter and smaller than the very bulky Sigma. Therefore I take it on holidays were I don't expect to use the extra zoom I get from the Sigma. It is well built and does not exhibit any noticeable distortion. The zoom range is a bit limited and perhaps a bit slow, but the prices on eBay are very very low.
Looking for a cheap quality lens ... this is the one to buy.
reviewer#1352 date: Oct-27-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:This lens is the third leg of a carefully selected kit, complementing the 16mm Fish-eye and the 24-105mm zoom. I love each of these lenses for unique virtues. The fisheye on the A100 has a field of view equivalant to a 19mm lens (NOT a 24mm) on full format; the middle zoom stays mounted on the camera when it is in the bag, ready for whatever comes; this 100-200mm is for careful composition on a tripod.
price paid:
missing
positive:With its 49mm filter thread I can use my infrared filter, on this AND on my 28mm f2.8.
negative:none
comment:At f8 on the A100 I found corner performance as sharp as at the center. I posted results on the Lens Talk forum to prove it.
reviewer#1325 date: Oct-16-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:- 70-210 f3.5-4.5
- 200/2.8 APO G HS
- Sigma 70-210/2.8
price paid:50 usd (as new)
positive:- small
- light
- good build
- sharp
- bokeh
negative:- zoom range
- min focus distance
comment:I really like this lens! Well most aspects of it. It is a really good backpacking / hiking lens, as it weighs almost nothing but doesn't have too many sacrifices in the quality department. It's also cheap, so if it gets dropped or scratched it's no problem to write off or replace.

Although I can't compare to the beercan, the sharpness is great at 100mm and still quite good at 200mm. Bokeh is very nice across the board, and it seems to have rather high contrast.

The main down side the the min focus distance. For hiking, it's nice to be able to get some closeups / detail shots of small things...plants, insects, etc. Unless you're carrying closeup filters, it's just not going to work with this lens. In this situation I miss my 70-210 f3.5-4.5 for it's decent 1:4 magnification.

Other issues might be the range. Because it's a 150mm equiv. at the short end you will want a second lens with you...it's a 2x, not a super-zoom.

To date, some of my most highly rated shots have been taken with this lens...scary when the 200/2.8 costs about TWENTY TIMES as much as this lens. Don't get me wrong...these lenses are in a different ballpark. But the point is that this lens can definitely produce some very, very good results.
reviewer#1323 date: Oct-15-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:tokina ATX 80-200
minolta 70-210 f/4
price paid:150 USD
positive:very sharp
small and light
relatively fast AF
constant aparture
negative:long minimal focusing distance
comment:what a great lense, at f/8 it is as sharp as the beercan
only at 200mm f/4.5 it is not at its full sharpness and relativelty less sharp then the beercan

but it is so small and compact that its worth having

it has great colors and is very sharp
also filter size is only 49mm so it easy to put filters on it

if you get the chance to buy one buy it !!!!
reviewer#1274 date: Oct-6-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Color!
negative:
missing
comment:Based on my unit...
I just love the color from this lens - compared to 50/1.7[O] and beercan.
PF - very similar to my 75-300D.
Flare - haven't really tested yet. Will edit given the chance.
Will keep it for its weight and the color output.

Edit 06Feb2007: Used it last weekend and was impressed with its sharpness wide open on outdoor shots. A very effective portrait lens at wider apertures at any focal length with good bokeh.
At 200mm though, it can't resolve fine details anymore even at f8 - I observed this when I shot some birds and monkeys.
reviewer#1189 date: Sep-15-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 20/1.8
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 200/f2.8
Minolta 28-75/2.8
price paid:40 EUR (used)
positive:Lightweight and very small, sharp when stopped down at f6-f8, very nice colors.
negative:I had not the original hood, so I had some problems with flare and CA. It is not very sharp at f4.5
Minimum focusing distance
comment:The perfect lens to use in a sunny day when you don't need f2.8 and it's better to travel light. I consider it an entry level lens, very nice for who is starting with photography, and an interesting alternative to actual consumer zooms. I've replaced it with a Minolta 200mm f2.8 HS, and now I would not recommend it to an advanced photographer. Colors are very nice, and contrast is good. Sharpness is not impressive at all at f4.5 but at f6-f8 is much better.
reviewer#1179 date: Sep-9-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
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:28-75 f/2.8(D)
price paid:
missing
positive:-Picture quality
-Size and weight
-Build to last
negative:-none
comment:Picked up this lens to couple with the 28-75 that came as kit lens with 7D. I was on the edge to buy the Sigma 70-300 APO but realiezed I don't shoot in that range often. So, got this one because of the price. I did some in-door testing against the kit lens and was surprised by its image quality. Many times I couldn't tell which lens was used but had to check the file property. AF speed/accuracy are also comparable to the kit lens. The weight and size make it a perfect carry-around lens. I didn't test the flare control so gave it a 3.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 128
  • sharpness: 4.37
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 4.58
  • distortion: 4.44
  • flare control: 4.04
  • overall: 4.43

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