Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 49    << 1 2
reviewer#4465 date: Dec-3-2008
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
Deitz 28-200
Tamron 20-35 3.5-4.5
price paid:500 USD
positive:Sharp throughout
Bokeh
Range
Comparitively compact
Amazing in good light
negative:None
comment: I bought this from a fellow Dyxum member. I Got a great deal on a great lens. It has a great range and is unusually sharp for a zoom of this size and compactness. Great bokeh and has no apparent CA. I am very pleased with this lens and am still exploring it's capabilities. It reminds me of a 400mm zoom beercan, except proportionally lighter.
reviewer#4464 date: Dec-3-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300mm g
price paid:450 USD used
positive:Nice Focal Range, Compact size. solid feel. Sharp wide open at 400mm. f6.7 is really f6.3.
negative:Auto focus is a bit on the slow side.
comment:I like the extra 100mm range this lens has over the Sony 70-300. Color and sharpness is great. Outdoors in good light is where this lens will perform best.
reviewer#3975 date: Aug-17-2008
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:75-300mm Minolta Big Beercan
100-200mm Minolta
100-300mm Minolta
70-210mm Minolta Beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:1) Colors and bokeh
2) Sharpness is excellent throughout the range
3) Range
4) Build quality
5) Size for range
negative:1) Focus speed (could be my copy)
2) A little soft wide-open over 350mm
comment:This lens is pretty rare to come by. It isn't nearly as available as the 100-300mm APO and is usually a sight more expensive. I took it out to some parks here in Seattle and caught some really nice portraits of people. The bokeh is AMAZING. Also, insultingly sharp (to model) at f/8 and above. VERY sharp wide-open throughout the range. Perhaps SOME softening at 380mm, but not much.

I believe it to be superior to the beercan for sharpness and bokeh, with an additional 190mm of reach. This lens is QUITE compact for the range. A keeper for me. I prefer it to the limited use I had of the 70-300mm G....and you'll pay about $250 less for this one.

PS I'm going by the review guidelines for this one. I am going to go through my previous reviews and update accordingly.
reviewer#3866 date: Jul-20-2008
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 400 G
price paid:548 USD used
positive:Range
Weight
Size
Price
negative:Zoom creep
Rotating focus ring
comment:Since I originally posted this review, the 70-400CZ has been released. I know that's the one I want but for now the 100-400 APO will have to do. I don't get to shoot at extreme distance often enough to justify the expense of a major upgrade. On an a900, toggling from FF to APS-C gives 600mm images as well. Zoom creep is not that big of a deal because I only reach for this lens when extreme range is required and this is not a practical walking around lens. Unless you are a professional and have the requirement or you're a wealthy collector, the 400G makes no sense due to size, weight and price although I'd love to play with one.

Check out this 100% crop at http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/netqwik/DSC00074.jpg

This lens can be quite sharp in the right conditions:
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/netqwik/DSC01231.jpg

Update - This lens is excellent for the price but it does not render colors like my awesome G's. Editing is usually required.

reviewer#3494 date: Apr-20-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200mm/4 APO G macro
Sigma 28-200mm
price paid:400 USD(used)
positive:Sharp on 400mm
well build
negative:none
comment:Well it is not fair to compair with my 200/4 on color but with below 200mm this lens holdup very well with 200/4 and for the price this is a excellent lens.The image shown very sharp even on 400mm and I don't know why it said 4.5-6.7 but I found it is 4.5/6.3 no biggy just wonder. Overall it is a excellent lens. You can't go wrong with it.
reviewer#3217 date: Jan-29-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Beercan
- Sigma 70-300 APO
- Big Beercan
price paid:600 USD (new?)
positive:- Surprise sharp full open
- Sharp at 400
- F6.3 in stead of F6.7
- Relative light weight
- Metal/Plastic body
negative:- Don't need it perse, but tripod mount could be helpful
- My copy is a bit neutral, could have done with more contrast
- Slow AF, was expected
- Zoom creep
comment:I Like this lens very much. Bought it in Japan as second hand, but I guess it is new. No scratches or anything. Included with lens caps, Hood and storage box.
I like that this lens is sharp wide open. Especially for this range I think it is very sharp, even at 400mm F6.3.
Compared to the Big Beercan it is not that heavy, it fits nicely in your hands. The build is also good, although the zoom part of the lens is plastic and extend a bit when at 400mm. But, well ... not really a negative. Compared to the Beercan, it is a bit softer wide open and the beercan has better contrast and bokeh, but that's what PP is for!
For the range can't go wrong with this lens! If you have the money and need the range, go for it!

reviewer#3215 date: Jan-29-2008
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 (beercan)
Minolta 75-300 (big beercan)
Sony 18-200
Minolta 100-200
Sony 70-200 G
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp even at 400mm
lightweight for such zoom lens
negative:Slow AF
comment:First thing I noticed when I received this lens is that it is much smaller and lighter than I expected from such lens.
Then image quality at 400mm was another good surprise. It is comparable with the beercan.
On the negative side, I must mention the slow Autofocus. I was also a bit afraid to buy it because of the relatively high price for such an old lens (for the same price I can buy a new Sigma 170-500mm). But I guess it worth the price!

PS - Many reviewer on this site mentioned the lack of a tripod mount as a disadvantage. I loaded my camera with this lens on my tripod (attaching to the camera) and it was stable. The lens is light enough, therefore there is no need for a tripod mount.
reviewer#3178 date: Jan-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300mm APO
price paid:720USD
positive:Great zoom range, image quality across the full range.
negative:Missing a tripod mount and a zoom lock.
comment:Great lens for an impressive range of telephoto shots, at a reasonable price. On digital SLR the cropped 35mm equivalent is an even more impressive 150mm to 600mm! Decent sharpness and image quality across its range. Feels well balanced in use. Could have been better with a collar tripod mount as a camera with this lens on it attached to a tripod or monopod is a bit front heavy. A zoom lock would also have been useful as the zoom creeps out under its own weight when slung on the shoulder. But the main things, the range and image quality are great. Nice bokeh.
reviewer#3047 date: Dec-6-2007
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4 beercan
Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Minolta 100-300 APO D
Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp, even at 400mm and wide open
compact for the range
nice bokeh
negative:a tripod mount would have been nice, but I've mostly used it hand-held
comment:Well, I've waited long enough to add my results with this lens. In the past I've had the 100-200 f4.5, the 70-210 beercan, two 100-300 APO Ds, and now the 100-400 APO and it's the best of all. A general synopsis with all these lenses would be something like this - I had the 100-200 f4.5 first and it was an excellent lens, giving me better results than I ever got with the beercan. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about with the beercan which seems to me to be rather average and large and heavy to boot. The 100-200 was a better deal all around, but I did want some more range. I likewise was not satisfied with my first 100-300 APO D and ended up getting rid of it, but after I kept hearing all the great results that others were getting, I picked up another and it performed quite satisfactorily, a keeper. I keep the 100-300 APO D for hiking distances when weight is an issue and use the 100-400 APO at all other times whenever I can.

This lens is sharp, sharp and sharp, right out to 400mm, and I get great results wide-open. I've had several prints hanging on my walls for some time that were made at 400mm both with the 5D and A100 and I am still astounded when I look up at the amount detail in these. It's results are quite on a par with my 100mm f2.8 macro and my CZ16-80. This lens is in my permanent collection.
reviewer#3045 date: Dec-6-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Beercan
price paid:Ł300 (used)
positive:nice range
rich colours
smooth focus and zoom rings
pleasant bokeh
negative:for better sharpness necessary to stop down
the build quality is not that impressive - my outer barrel (the zooming one) is quite loose and is wobbling
comment:best results when stopped down, optimal at F11.0, for 400mm even F16.0

my copy actually shows the minimal aperture numbers 4.5-6.3 as follows (it says on the barrel 4.5-6.7, but my 5D displays the minimal aperture no. as F6.3!):
F4.5 100-125mm
F5.0 125-140mm
F5.6 140-190mm
F6.3 190-400mm

the sharpness is best at the focal lengths between 150-300mm

if you do not need that long end 400mm, the 100-300mm APO is a better choice IMHO, is smaller, lighter and a bit faster

in general I do not regret I have bought this lens, even I have some reservations - I had an option to go with this one or Sigma 135-400mm, but I liked Minolta much more :-)

just do not expect the image quality, sharpness and the build quality of G lenses and you will be happy with this telephoto zoom lens

reviewer#2934 date: Nov-17-2007
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300mm f4.5-5.6
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-105mm f3.5-4.5
price paid:Ł300
positive:Good sharpeness throughout the range, falling off slightly towards the long end.
Portable (just).
Well built.
Looks fantastic.
negative:A tad on the heavy side, but OK considering the range.
AF hunts a lot in low light.
Needs a tripod in mirky light.
comment:I bought this APO zoom as a measure to prevent me wasting any more cash on "cheap" minolta zooms. I was a after a clear upgrade to my 100-300mm f4.5-5.6, but rather than buying another 300mm zoom with better optics, I chose to go for longer range as well. It took me a while to find this lens, but it was well worth the wait.

Connected to the A700 body, this lens delivers great IQ right across the range, only dropping off slightly at the long end. This lens is very sharp compared to the 300mm zoom and produces results with an excellent colour balance and plenty of detail. At the extreme there can be a little CA, but nothing significant. In good light, this lens can produce really sharp results hand held, however, when it gets a little mirky, a tripod becomes essential.

The lens may not be all metal, but the build quality is still excellent. I'm not sure about zoom creep, however, at 850g this is not the sort of lens that you carry around your neck for long!

With the capabilities that this lens obviously has, Ł300 for a mint example seems like a bargain.
reviewer#2793 date: Sep-29-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:900 USD
positive:sharp
negative:none
comment:
missing
reviewer#2611 date: Aug-7-2007
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-300 Promaster (made by Tamron)
price paid:472 USD used
positive:Great range
Very sharp
Focus lock is a nice feature
negative:No tripod mount.
Front tube rotates when focusing
No zoom lock
comment:I have taken many photos with this lense and so far I am very pleased with the results. As I stated in the positive column above this lens is very sharp and focus is very precise, at least on my copy. I have used both a Tamron MC4 1.4 TC and a Kenko MC7 2.0 TC with acceptable results. The 1.4 gave very nice results with the MC7 falling off slightly. Both TC's require the lens be focused manually. Without the Tc's and cropping 100% results in superior photos that I find sharper than when using the Tc's and I think I will do most of my shooting in that manor from now on. I think some of the softness is do to my not so good eyes and slight misfocusing on my part when manual focusing.

My biggest complaint with this lense is the lack of a tripod collar and the rotating front ring while focusing, which is the bigest reason for a build rating of 4. Leaning against something to steady the shot is difficult because of the rotating front ring. IF (internal focus) would definately improve the the ease of use of this lens. The lack of a zoom lock is a minor anoyance and I have drawn up plans for a mount that I hope will eleminate the camera tilting downward when carried around the neck which should eleminate zoom creep. If this mount works I will do an update on how well it worked and include plans on how to make one.

I purchased this lens for a walk about lens for wild life and so far I am not dissapointed. It would be real nice if it were a macro, but a small macro lens is fairly easy to carry as an extra. I think with the addition of my home made mount, this lens will perform splendidly as a walk about lens.

The colors from the lens is something I really like, as the colors to my eyes are natural and very pleasing. I have experienced some flare with the lens hence the rating of 4, but I was not using a lens hood as it did not come with one and I haven't yet found one I like, so this rating may change. I have not noticed any CA with this lens but I am not exactly an expert on judging this abnormalidy anyway.

Overall I highly recommend this lens as a reasonably compact, not too heavy, wildlife lens that will definately not dissappoint you with the results. I will be posting some pics in the 100-400 APO sample photos section shortly.

reviewer#2570 date: Jul-20-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210/4
price paid:USD 650
positive:-range
-sharpness
negative:-zoom creek
-small "bump" in the zoom (around 350mm) on my copy, nothing that bothers me though
-manual focus could be smoother
-slow
-very slow AF (but I mostly focus manually)
comment:I like this lens, in fact it is one of my favorites to use. It does a superb job at 100-300mm but can be a little soft at 400mm unless you stop down a bit (preferably f8 over the whole range to squeeze out the good sharpness it has), but then it needs lots of light to give nice results (or high ISO). The bokeh is pretty smooth if chosen wisely but my beercan had much smoother bokeh which kind of disappointed me seeing as this one costs a lot more.

In good light it gives fantastic results over the whole range, but be careful using it wide open at 400mm on cloudy days. Bumping up to ISO400 and f8 (which I usually do) on cloudy days does the trick for me though. And I can get sharp results even at 1/60s at 400mm handheld sometimes. AS really works wonders with this lens.

Pictures taken with this lens can be found here:
http://foto.danieljansson.com/p325862328/
reviewer#1788 date: Feb-8-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Focal range, light
negative:Build, slow AF, f/4.5-6.7
comment:Sharp, good colors and a huge zoom-range.
Slow AF and plastic/flimsy build.
It needs lots of light, but gives fantastic results in return.
Only had this lens for a few weeks, got it in a deal with other lenses.
reviewer#1314 date: Oct-13-2006
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 200-400, Tokina 80-400
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp IQ, great colors, and nice bokeh. It is also a great walk around longer zoom lens due to its relatively light weight and compact size.
negative:Slow - f6.3(yes, can go as LOW as 6.3 instead of 6.7) at 400mm with either 7D or Sony A100
comment:When viewing my photos I often had no trouble in distinguishing which photos were from which telephoto lenses except those taken with Minolta 100-400mm APO; they were just sharper. It is an excellent lens in terms of IQ, bokeh, and colors. Using it handheld in the field is pretty easy. 100mm is good enough for shorter distant shots. Unlike other telephoto zoom lens it provides sharp IQ at all ranges. Sold my first copy in order to get a longer lens but regretted it right after. I eventually bought another copy again.

If you are looking for a sharp telephoto zoom lens and don't care too much about the speed this is a perfect one for consideration.

There is an excellent review here in AF Tele-converters Quick Reference Guide forum: comparing Minolta 100-300mm APO, 100-400mm APO, 200mm G + 2X TCs, and 400mm f/5.6 lenses.

Sold my first copy to get a longer lens but regretted it and missed it so much right after. I eventually bought another copy again.

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2100&PN=3
reviewer#1164 date: Sep-5-2006
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 100-300
price paid:240 USD (second hand)
positive:Nice range, not that heavy. Good construction. Colors are very good. Excellent on Dynax 5D
negative:AF-speed is rather slow at 400mm (normal for that range...)
comment:Gives very good results on 6Mp CCD sensors !
Some pictures taken with this lens (post-processed...)

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=222347986&size=o
http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=221345171&size=o
http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=211251681&size=o
reviewer#637 date: Mar-29-2006
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Brilliant wildlife lens when travelling for the bulk/weight concious photographer.
negative:Quite slow meaning that you need a very bright day to see the best from this lens. Front of lens rotates when focusing.
comment:I plan to do a lot of travelling over the next 18 months, and was originally looking at the Bigma and other zoom lenses in the 500mm range to fill the gap of a wildlife lens. Then I saw this lens and some of the stunning results aarif has been getting, and the choice became clear. At half the cost, and around half the weight for the sacrifice of 100mm (150mm with crop factor) this lens has now become my travelling telephoto lens.

It's still no lightweight at 840g, but since almost every other zoom in this range is around 1.3kg's or above, it makes this lens look very slim and portable. This lens is quite slow, as with all super telephoto zoom lenses, and in low light the AF is almost totally useless (which I get around to some extent by using manual focus). However, in bright daylight I have found this lens to be suprisingly snappy for such a big zoom, but I expect to be shooting at ISO 400 or above most of the time. Build quality I have found is very good, with a metal mount (rare these days it seems) and genreally a very solid feel to it. I have had no such problems with the zoom tightening as described below. Color and sharpness seem to be also very good. Overall very impressed and happy with this lens.
reviewer#115 date: Sep-22-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:It’s the lightest lens that gives a range of 100-400mm, image quality is sharp throughout
But losses a tiny bit at 400mm not that significant.
negative:Slow AF and needs a bright day for good results
comment:I will never replace it unless they come up with a brighter lens which is not heavier.

It has given me some fantastic results.

reviews found: 49    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.48
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 4.65
  • flare control: 4.41
  • overall: 4.48

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