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

reviews found: 128    << 1 2 3 4 5
reviewer#1123 date: Aug-27-2006
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:Minolta 75-300/4.5 - 5.6 II
Minolta 24-105/3.5 - 4.5
price paid:$70 USD (Used)
positive:- Good build quality
- Light weight
- Sharp wide open at 200
- Sharpness
negative:- None so far
comment:I purchased the 100-200/4.5 to compliment my 24-105/3.5-4.5 and to replace my 75-300/4.5-5.6 II. I was pleasantly surprised at the sharpness of this lens. It was far better than the 75-300/4.5-5.6 II and just as sharp as my 24-105/3.5-4.5. Colors were great and the lens even gave a nice bokeh. I'm surprised this lens is selling for under a $100! If you need a lens to fill this range, I highly recommend the 100-200/4.5. I'm rating the sharpness of this lens at 4.5, as I'm sure the primes and APO lenses in this range could produce a sharper pic.

UPDATE: I have since purchased the Minolta 100-300 APO; however, I love the 100-200/4.5 lens so much, I just can't get rid of it! :-)

reviewer#1081 date: Aug-11-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:70-210 f4, 100-300 APO D
price paid:40 USD(used)
positive:As sharp as the beercan
Compact
negative:None
comment:
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reviewer#972 date: Jul-3-2006
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:Minolta 18-70 kit lens
Minolta 50 f/1.7
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
Tamron 28-300 XR
Tokina 17mm f/3.5 ATX Pro
price paid:
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positive:CHEAP, light, compact, very good image quality
negative:No close focusing, limited zoom range
comment:Superb 'old-school' minolta build quality. Manual focus is easy with this lens, though it does have the small focus ring. Good performance wide open with nice colors, contrast, and bokeh. Has a certain POP similar to my Tamron 90mm macro when conditions are good. Compact and light lens can ride along without complaint in the camera bag. Leauges better than the 7-210 4.5-5.6 which I had for a short time, no comparison.
reviewer#933 date: Jun-23-2006
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210/4 (beercan)
price paid:
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positive:Small and light
Very good optically
Nice bokeh
Robust
Cheap second hand
negative:Limited Range
No close focusing
comment:Although the range is limited, this lens performs significantly better than the equally cheap 70-210/4.5-5.6. Sharpness is fine (although a bit better at the short end on my copy), colors and contrast are very nice indeed. Focusing is not the fastest but accurate. Build is very good.

For its intended use (normal telephoto shooting in good light, e.g. outdoors) the lens is not just convenient but actually quite sweet. For those who (like me) prefer a small and light-weight kit the lens is a real bargain. A pity it doesn't do close focusing.

Addition April 2008: Meanwhile I compared this little gem with two copies of the famous 'beercan'. Interestingly, in terms of sharpness it came out right between the two copies. It was better - even in the corners - than one of them, slightly worse than the other. Both beercans looked perfectly OK otherwise. Given the much smaller size that's a remarkable result. Remaining quibble: Min focusing distance, see above.
reviewer#706 date: Apr-22-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:70-210 f/4
price paid:
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positive:Compact size
Excellent optical performance for the price
Fixed aperture
49mm (cheap) filters
Nice bokeh for an f/4.5
negative:Rotating front element
Slow AF, hunts in low light and is a bit noisy
comment:I purchased this lens in the late '80's as an affordable alternative to the f4 and used it exclusively as my telephoto for about 15 years. It never failed me and I took many memorable photos with it. The build quality is excellent, being a 1st generation metal bodied lens. Never had a problem with flare (the hood is substantial), and I recall taking numerous sunset photos with it without detriment. The color and sharpness were very satisfactory.

Overall, I'd recommend this lens to anyone who can't afford the "beercan" f4 as it offers great value for its price and performance. It is significantly smaller than the beercan, and would make a great travelling lens if weight is an issue. It is no longer in production, but is readily available on ebay and other sites. Like another reviewer, I replaced mine with the newer 100-300mm (APO) as I found I could have used more reach while on a Safari a while back. I still managed to get tons of great photos with it on that trip and enlarged several with good results.
reviewer#537 date: Feb-24-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Tokina 100-300, Minolta 100-300APO.
price paid:
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positive:Good value for money, has made the transition to digital well.
negative:Bit slow to focus.
comment:Picked up this lens only for sporting events where they limit lenses to 200mm (quite common to do that here in Oz). However it's become a firm favourite of my daughter as well, nice effective reach on her 5D and very sharp for the bucks. Well worth it as they can usually be picked up fairly cheaply. Leaves the Tokina 100-300 for dead, not as good as the 100-300APO but neither it should be, the price of the latter!
reviewer#325 date: Dec-21-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300
price paid:
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positive:Good, cheap, pretty sharp.
negative:Slow, really a bright-light only lens.
comment:Purchased one of these in '88 or '89 and used it for about a decade. I'd rate it as excellent value for the price, even more so now that good used ones are available so cheaply. Replaced it with a Minolta 100-300 for the extra reach, but remember the 100-200 fondly as it was definitely sharper and seemed to have less issues with flare.
reviewer#219 date: Nov-14-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Minolta 70-210/4
price paid:
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positive:Cheap! Excellent sharpness and tonal quality.
negative:Discontinued. A bit slow.
comment:Image quality on par with the 70-210/4 in a smaller, lighter package. Can be found for rediculously low prices.
reviews found: 128    << 1 2 3 4 5

rating summary

lens image
  • 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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