Minolta AF 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 APO A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 69    << 1 2 3
reviewer#955 date: Jun-29-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:beercan, 100/f2, 70 - 300
price paid:
missing
positive:sharpness, weight
negative:speed
comment:Excellent zoom, very sharp, very light for it's quality, although I don't use the range very often when I do I'm always pleasantly surprised with it's performance. for me it beats the beercan, except for speed (and sometimes for colours)
reviewer#901 date: Jun-8-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:[Note: Performance judged on usage with a full frame camera]

This is a slightly above average, consumer-grade lens. It performs well at 200mm at f5.6 and above. But its performance outside this sweet spot is a bit disappointing.
reviewer#882 date: Jun-5-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
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:- 50/1.7
- 18-70 kit
- 100/3.5 Vivitar
price paid:220 EUR
positive:- 300mm
- Weight and size
negative:- 100-250mm
- Not that sharp as I expected
- The barrel extends itself when tilted
comment:This lens haven't convinced me - not yet maybe?
I think I'll update this review when I get more experience, don't judge this lens with this review only.
Update: It performs quite good at 300mm (even when open), but not at any lower focal lengths - there you need significant stopping to get acceptable results. Maybe stillborn unit...
reviewer#549 date: Mar-4-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpnes and colour
negative:Distortion at 300 mm above average
comment:Perhaps I like wide angle photography, in fact on my 35 mm film camera (the 700 si) I have always my 20mm fitted in, so... this lens is not the best, but I think that's only my opinion...
reviewer#470 date: Feb-5-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:70-210 f4, 300 f4 G
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact
Lightweight
Excellent Reach
Good Image quality
negative:Plastic Body
Slow AF
No constant aparture with max of only 4.5
comment:Good traveling telephoto lens. Sharp image and good color rendition. It is lighter than the 70-210 f4 with better reach and MUCH easier to pack than the 300 G lens. Downside is that it does not have the f4 at the tele end and it hunts for focus a bit in low light(good MF ring though). Definitely going to be a often use lens in my collection when I am on long trip.
reviewer#430 date: Jan-22-2006
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Very well built
Crisp image
negative:f4.5-5.6
no zoom lock
comment:
missing
reviewer#343 date: Dec-24-2005
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Nothing in this range
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Light and compact for range
Focus lock button
negative:Rotating front element
Of course, not very fast
AF can be slow
Extends while carrying etc
comment:I love using this lens and get good sharp results at all focal lengths, right up to 300mm, even close to full aperture. It balances really well on the 5D. AF can be reasonably fast, but with a big change in subject distance and spot focus I find it difficult to get a suitable detail under the focus point; then it hunts off to a world of it's own and takes a while to bring back! But highly recommended.
reviewer#233 date: Nov-24-2005
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:Replaced a Sigma 75-300 which had soft focus and a magenta colour cast.
price paid:
missing
positive:Good sharp lens with good colour rendition
negative:Lens barel extends under its own weight when hanging on the strap
comment:I'll definately be using this lens on my 5D
reviewer#78 date: May-26-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Minolta 75-300 that i skipped because i found this one
price paid:2000 DKK
positive:+compact enough to bring along most of the time
+sharpness, contrast, colour
+very litle if any distortion (havent noticed any)
+build quality
+looks good on 7D
negative:-front rotates when focusing
-could be faster
comment:From the film days (dynax4) i wanted 2 lenses that could optimize my photography, i quickly came across the 75-300, that would have looked nice on the Dynax4.

however i felt that the 100-300 APO would be a better choice, hence the price was only 1/3'rd more then the 75-300. so i bought it.

Glad i did! The images i get from this lense, used either on film or my Dynax 7D, all have the same touch, seen from this lense - they are sharp, clear and bright, colours are a bit de-saturated but this is easily compensated by +1.SAT on the 7D or on the computer afterwords... i don't

The angle is very narrow however, 150-450mm when used on the 7D, which is best for children, party (wedding and alike), animal, nature and other long distance shooting.

with the 7D, its extreemly easy to use the lense though, shooting at speed about 1/100'th second is often enough!

i bought this lense along the 24-105, which is a really-really nice DUO, i do however want a wideangle lense to make a TRIO, and this will be the Sigma 12-24, unless Minolta makes a better one, before i can affort one :)

I also use this lense for macro, using tubes, and it's very good at this. however the 100/2,8 would be prefered

The Distance (D) isn't needed on a 150-450, hence flashes can't be of much use, unless used on film camera. so if you come across this lense (Non-D), at a good price, then get it ! you won't regret
reviews found: 69    << 1 2 3

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 69
  • sharpness: 4.20
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.51
  • flare control: 4.26
  • overall: 4.31

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