Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#8999 date: May-8-2011
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 mm f2.8 macro
price paid:219 GBP
positive:SHARP !!!
Minolta colour
Good
Focus Limiter
Build
Inexpensive for the quality
negative:None
comment:The ratings say it all
reviewer#8272 date: Nov-19-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:200 USD (used)
positive:Sharp.
Natural Color.
Focal Length.
Fast for Macro.
Magnification 1:1.
AF works at Macro Scale
negative:Noisy.
comment:This macro lens is great for macro photography and is a beautiful lens when its finish is unblemished. I love the build. Macro lenses when using high magnification usually require manual focusing - this lens is geared just right to permit AF at near 1:1 magnification by screw-drive on both my A100 and A700 bodies. I sold mine because I didn't find myself doing much macro - there's just too many people who care more than I about the macro world - I'll just look at their pictures!

The IQ can't be beat, really. That's what makes this lens worth buying.

reviewer#8171 date: Nov-3-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$400 CAD (Used)
positive:Very sharp
Has a focus limiter
Bokeh is very smooth
Very little distortion
Longer working distance compared to 50mm macro
negative:CA wide open
AF is slow (to be expected for macros though focus limiter helps)
comment:I much prefer this lens to the 50mm F2.8 macro mainly for the longer working distance. This is an issue people might have with their 50mm macro lenses, that is the main plus side of having the 100mm F2.8 macro lens. You do not need to be as as close to the subject to get it in focus at 1:1. There is a little distortion (pincushion) though it most likely will not be noticeable unless you shoot along straight lines. And again like the 50mm F2.8 macro this can work as a dual purpose lens, for both macro and portrait, and it works better as a portrait lens due to the longer focal length and the help of the focus limiter. That way the lens will not have to cycle through the whole focal plane and only half.

This is a very good lens for anyone that would like to pursue marco photography as it provides the much needed longer working distance as apposed to the 50mm F2.8 marco as small insects are often skittish when you get to close to them.
reviewer#8032 date: Sep-30-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 f4 macro
price paid:350 usd (used) prime
positive:Just about everything.
negative:Does spend some valuable time hunting for focus in low light. But then it comes through.
comment:B&H had a batch of these a few years back, new and in the box, for a ridiculously low price. I was too naive and too broke to jump on the deal. So a few years later I spent what is to me a small fortune to get my hands on one, still from B&H.
The incredible color jumps out at you the first. The boken is exquisite. Then the detail of the focus image will stun and amaze. Sure, it hunts around in low light, but it will lock in. Heck, I shoot the 35-70 manually so I shoot the 100 manually and there is no fuss. Now I love the 35-70 and it has never been far from the camera, it too has great boken and I love its detail, (I have two copies). But this lens, oh my, so sharp, such incredable detail. This was the last lens I had on my list (that I could afford). Now I want the 100mm soft. I am thrilled and it has not left my camera since it came.
reviewer#7986 date: Sep-17-2010
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:90mm Sigma macro
price paid:400 US (Used)
positive:Solid, Amazingly Sharp, great boken.
negative:I keep bumping the focus limit switch. Kinda slow on the focus, but to be expected on a macro lens.
comment:owned this lens a few days, but it is amazing. This thing is built like a tank. The macro shots are super sharp. It's a little expensive but well worth it. Before I use a Sigma for my macro shots, but never again. Gave the Sigma to my son. All my macro from now on will be with this lens.
reviewer#7946 date: Sep-6-2010
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:Min 50Macro RS
Min 100 Soft Focus
price paid:usd 318 used
positive:Minolta colors
Very high detail resolution
negative:Too slow for butterflies
comment:I bought and used the 50/2.8 Macro before I bought this -- but I don't think I've used the 50 since. This is a perfect lens for spiders and lizards, grasshoppers and caterpillars -- things in the garden that essentially stay put for a minute or two.

I really like the color on this lens, which appears particularly deeply Minolta.
reviewer#7701 date: Jul-19-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 28-85 mini-beercan
Min 70-210 beercan
price paid:270 USD (clean used)
positive:I can find nothing to fault with this lens, save for possibly the small manual focus ring, as others have already commented.
negative:Nothing!
comment:If you know how to use such a lens properly, you will find this one incredible. I've used it for only available outdoor light macro, and had no problems with flare at all, while not even using a hood. The color using Velvia was very saturated, like the beercan. My example is mechanically perfect, pretty amazing for an old lens. For me, the main benefit is the sharpness--fantastic detail emerges, really useful for cropping images, which I do frequently.
reviewer#7226 date: Apr-1-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Quantaray (Sigma) 50mm f2.8 macro
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 (Big Beercan)
Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 (New)
Sony 18-200mm f3.5-6.3
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Very sharp
negative:Heavy by today's standards
Does not have circular aperture blades
comment:I just got this lens and I love it! Using it hand-held is a bit different from using my 50mm macro so I know it will take some time to get used to it, but so far I have no complaints.
reviewer#7164 date: Mar-26-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$300
positive:Excellent Sharpness
Good flare control even without hood
Great build quality
negative:Focus hunting
comment:An excellent macro lens with good working distance, excellent sharpness, and very good build quality.
reviewer#6961 date: Feb-24-2010
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 135/2.8
Tamron 90/2.8
Minolta 50/2.8
price paid:Ł135 (used)
positive:VERY sharp
solid construction
1:1 macro
negative:Heavy by modern standards
AF a little slow (perfectly usable)
comment:I bought this lens because it was at a good price, thinking that I could sell it (without a loss) if I didn't like it. I had a Tamron 90 macro at the time and when I compared the two, I thought the Minolta was sharper (so the Tamron was sold).

It hunts a bit when using the AF for macro but probably not much different to the Tamron. Manual focus is usually better for macro anyway.

It also doubles up as a very sharp portrait lens. My copy is pin sharp wide open (count every eyelash), so it's a young persons portrait lens and needs a softar for the older or vain amongst us!
reviewer#6483 date: Nov-28-2009
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:Minolta 200mm HS G
Sony 70-400mm G
Sigma 105 EX macro
price paid:Ł325 UK
positive:Very sharp
Build quality
Nice bokeh
negative:Slow AF
No focus lock button
Small focus ring
comment:Compared to a previously owned Sigma 105 EX macro this lens is not significantly sharper on my A700. There may be a smidgin of extra micro detail with the Minolta but it is close. This is hardly surprising since both macro lenses are probably capable of equalling or outresolving the A700 sensor. But where the Sigma images were rather clinical looking with slightly lack-lustre colours, images with this lens have a 3D quality that is difficult to quantify. Out and out resolution just outperforms the Sony 70-400 zoom, which is a testament to Sony's prowess with the zoom being so close, and is too close to call when compared to the superb (and expensive!) Minolta 200mm.

When used for macro, AF is usually quite effective and accurate, although like most macro lenses, a little slow due to the long focussing range. The focus limiter helps here, and it can be set to go from 1:1 to 1:3.5 or from 1:4 to infinity. Focussing is quite noisy but no more so than other series 1 lenses.

Build quality, which is ultimately why I sold the Sigma, is superb with the Minolta, as is the case with most of the series 1 AF lenses. It appears to be constructed largely of metal, having a reassuring weight, although it only weighs 10g more than the RS and Sony versions.

The supplied lens cap is a bit of a nuisance as it has to be removed to turn the hood around from its reversed position. I swapped it for the centre-pinch design cap from my Sony kit lens as I hardly ever use the hood for that.

The 100mm Macro lends itself to extension tubes, still giving good results when focussed closer than designed. While Steady-Shot works fine for semi-macro subjects, as you get closer to, and beyond, 1:1 it becomes less apparently effective. This is because camera shake can be compensated by the sensor shift but small variations in focus cannot.

The lens serves as a very useful general purpose 100mm prime, although the AF speed can sometimes be a bit of a nuisance. Bokeh isn't quite up to beercan smoothness but considering the aperture leaves are not circular it is still pretty good. As a macro lens it is as good as anything else out there, with Steady-Shot at a fraction of the cost of image-stabilised Canikon equivalents. With a focal length that enables the bug hunter to get in amongst the undergrowth and shoot spectacular photos it is a cracking lens.
reviewer#6415 date: Nov-19-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 135mm f1.8, Minolta 85mm f1.4 (original)
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp, sharp and great for portraits
negative:Slow focusing at times
comment:This lens did nothing but rest in my bag until I got the A850 and I decided to try it out on some portrasit work. I was so amazed at how good it was that I am having trouble taking it off my camera. The detail is so good that I have problems distinguishing from my 135mm f1.8 ZA. Its micro contrast is not quite up there with the Zeiss or the Minolta 85mm f1.4 but it is so close that you really have to look hard. In color it has the Minolta warmth and that is the major distinction. The bokeh is just wonderful.
reviewer#6151 date: Oct-1-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 24/2.8
Min 35-105
Min 100-300
Sony 18-250
Sony 70-400G
price paid:870 AUD (new)
positive:Very Sharp
Excellent choice for macro work
negative:Small focus ring
CA can be problematic
comment:I purchased this lens new back when the Minolta 7000i was released!
Great 'Old School' Minolta metal build quality - only drawback is that it makes it heavier than the current Sony equivalent.
Very Sharp - as most other reviewers have noticed.
Not a big fan of the small focus ring which can be a bit of a pain as I use manual focus for macro work.
I have found that CA is problematic when using this lens for non macro work in high contrast scenarios.
reviewer#6052 date: Sep-15-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan,
price paid:$200 used
positive:Sharp with great colors and contrast
negative:You need to work hard to get good shots.
comment:This is a great lens but you really need to spend some time with it to get the best shots. The focus area is tiny. Any body movement or hand shake will mess you up big time. I shoot hand held 99% of the time and there has been a learning curve that has included how I grip the camera. When you get things in proper focus the results are amazing.
reviewer#5418 date: May-21-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135mm F4.0-4.5 XX's Crossed
Minolta 135mm F2.8
Minolta 70-210mm F4.0
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 100-200mm F4.5
Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-85mm F3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70mm F4.0
Sigma 35-135mm 3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-300mm APO F4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:600 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#5353 date: May-7-2009
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:MAF 70-210/4 Beercan, MAF 28-105/3,5-5,6, MAF 100-300/4,5-5,6 MAF 50/1,7
price paid:300 EUR (used)
positive:Very good sharpness specially on macro pictures. Metal built body and bayonett mount.
negative:A bit heavy weight, small front wheel rotates when keep lens in a hand, a bit noisy in full AF mode
comment:One of my great lenses, old fashioned steel made, a bit heavy, but takes fabulous pictures! Worth its price for me!
New Sony made (plastic?) one costs here ca.900 USD!

Very good sharpness specially on macro pictures (i.e.: flowers, fleas, architecture details, people faces). Very good for taking pictures in less light rooms, enable me not to use flash in a room when kids don't like flash
reviewer#5264 date: Apr-20-2009
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 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 28-135mm
Minolta 70-210 f/4
price paid:299 EUR
positive:Sharpness
Focus Distance
DOF control
Large aperture
Color, Bokeh
negative:Barrel extends very far
Manual focus is not straightforward

comment:This lens is a real gem. Even though the popularity of the Sony DSLR system has driven Minolta lens prices up, this lens is still way cheaper than the new Sony 100mm Macro (which I haven't tried).

The lens is amazingly sharp and actually easy to work with once you get used to it. In terms of macro capability it easily outperforms all those zoom lenses with their 1:4 macro.

The focus limiter is really handy if you shoot still objects.

If you are into macro work, this is a must-have lens imo.
Way cheaper than the new Sony and you get one of the sharpest lenses from the Minolta lineup.
reviewer#4767 date: Jan-29-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Sony 100 Macro
- 85za
- 135za
- Minolta 100 F2
- Voigtlander 125 F2.5
- Minolta 200 F4 G
- and other primes
price paid:350$ (used)
positive:+ Sharp
+ Good build quality
+ colors and contrast
negative:- very very slow AF.
- Not comfort AF ring
- extends on focusing
- non SSM
- no weather resistant
- bokeh
comment:This is awesome lens for nature. Colors on CCD sensor on A100 are vivid and fantastic! Only minus is very slow AF, but it is not big problem for macro shooting. Sony 100/2.8 Macro faster focusing and have AF limiter on lens.
reviewer#4627 date: Jan-4-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nothing, never owned any real Macro lens before
price paid:395 Euro
positive:Sharp
Heavy Metal
Good build
negative:What a price!
Thin type focus ring (old style)
comment:My first (and only) real macro lens used zooms and other primes to do that before.
I went for the old type because all my other minolta lenses are the old first AF ones so this one really fits in.
Easily the sharpest lens I own.
AF is slow but workable (altough it hunts at times) but who needs AF with a macro anyway?
Hood is good but i rather would have had a pinch type fit.
reviewer#3556 date: May-5-2008
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 50mm macro
Vivitar 100mm plastic fantastic macro
price paid:400 usd
positive:Very sharp
Excellent contrast
Fast focus
Traditional Minolta colors
negative:Rather costly
Too sharp for some portraits
Hard to find
comment:Great lens for general macro use. It is far better than the newer models in construction and build. The color is traditional Minolta and flare and distortion are well controlled. The focusing is fast for a macro, and this is a good general purpose lens suitable for indoor use too (f2.8). This is one lens I keep in my bag when out hiking as I find it to provide enough distance between the camera and the subject.
reviewer#3385 date: Mar-20-2008
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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:+Very Sharp
+Great colours
+Great contras
+Great bokeh, especially for a macro lens
+Great build
negative:-thin focus ring
-with my sample, ive had problems with the focus shaft catching and causing stiffness, but easily repaired.
comment:I've had this lens for many years now and I am ever so greatful to have used it. It never fails to amaze me, the quality that it can produce. It is just a shame that it is currently limited by my A100 sensor. This lens deserves more.

The detail and sharpness that this lens can rendor is outstanding. If you are into macro and have a chance to purchase this lens, or a different model, dont turn it down. You wont regret it.

I have changed my line up quite a bit over the years. This lens and the 50mm are the only lenses that I have never sold and will never consider selling. You live with this lens and it will see you through, a true performer in ever sense.
reviewer#3069 date: Dec-12-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- very sharp
- soid metal construction, built like a tank
negative:slow AF, if there is not enough light
comment:Got it, when prices was relatively low.

I like macro and this lens is also wery helpful in my job.
reviewer#3029 date: Dec-4-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$350 (Used)
positive:Terrific IQ
Very sharp,
Nice bokeh,
Brilliant colors.
negative:Near-Useless AF, IMO
Small MF ring
Lens extension for macro doesn't seem very sturdy..
comment:Terrific IQ from this lens.. I could not say anything bad about the photos it is capable of. The deal breaker for me was the fact that it hunted horrible, and not just in low-ish light. It was better with the focus limiter, but then it was still quite slow. Without the limiter, it is nigh unbearable. I, as nearly everyone else, used it by manually focussing, however, the ring is way too small, and I didn't feel comfortable enough using it. I am very close to buying the RS version for the improvements, with the same fantastic IQ.. but I am still getting some samples from the 100/2 with extension tubes, and see how that compares to a dedicated macro.
reviewer#2994 date: Nov-29-2007
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:250 € used
positive:-Incredibly sharp
-Overall build very sturdy (metal)
-Nice bokeh and colours
negative:-My focus limiter is a bit loose now, it sometimes accidentally gets limited
-focus ring is a bit small
-AF not very fast, but that's no big deal as I use MF most of the time
comment:I always carry this lens with me. I initally picked it up because it was priced attractive, but after using the lens a few times I got addicted to macro-photography.
I find the focus length (on crop-factor) a bit too long for portraits, but besides that it's a beautiful lens.
reviewer#2558 date: Jul-17-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MIN 50/1.4,
SIG 180/2.8 macro 1:2
price paid:300 € used
positive:my basic prime lens
negative:
missing
comment:Rarely leaves my D5D body. Colours, contrast, sharpness and softness are perfect ballanced. Excellent boceh. This lens has ability to learn to see and to be prepared because of its slow AF. It takes stunning portraits of flowers. Great for macro of course. I use it in music concerts in manual mode also. I wish MIN had 100-200/2.8 1:1 macro.












reviewer#2556 date: Jul-17-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28mm f2.8
50mm f1.7
400mm f5.6
price paid:Ł125
positive:Sharp
Great OOF rendition
Solid
Focus limiter
negative:Can hunt a bit
comment:About as good as it gets. So sharp it is acidic. Great OOF ( OK bokeh if you must ) and colour. Minolta at their best.

Not only used for macro but generally and for portraits but do let the sitter know that this will show them "warts and all".

Can hunt a bit but for macro work MF is the better way anyway and the focus limiter cuts down on all the tooing and froing. Previously had the 50mm version but the extra length makes this a less obtrusive lens.

Mine went off the rails recently and had to be repaired but seeing as it will be good for at least another 20 years I have not knocked the build quality.

Did I say it is sharp !
reviewer#2429 date: Jun-9-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:135mm f/2.8
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:solidly built
extremely sharp
negative:slow focusing
tiny focusing collar
comment:This old lens is amazingly sharp. It's heavy but the weight doesn't really bother me. I would like to say that it produces beautiful, crisp colors but it's really hard to say whether those are due to this lens or the KM 7D. I've never been disappointed with the colors produces by this camera and all of my Minolta prime lenses. The only thing that bothers me with this lens is the focusing--slow and tends to hunt a lot with the 7D. But that's really no big deal as I always manual focus when shooting macros. When shooting non-macro stuff, remember to enable to focus limiter as it will help speed locking focus a bit.
reviewer#2323 date: May-17-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:* Sigma 90mm 2.8 Macro (sold)
* Minolta 50mm 2.8 Macro
* Minolta 200mm 2.8 HS APO G
* Minolta 100mm 2.0
* Minolta 135mm 2.8
price paid:330 Euro
positive:* Sharp
* colour
* bokeh
* build
negative:* slow AF
* small Focusring
comment:I had to buy this lens. I used the Sigma, but als a Minoltian I'd like to own the real stuff. I sold the Sigma recently.

Macro: I like this lens better than the Sigma for contrast and colours. It's slow AF makes it using the MF more. Once you're used to the small focus ring, it's to be done very well.
Use it much more often than the 50mm 2.8 macro for its working distance. I tend on selling that one. I own the 50mm 1.4 and the 50mm 1.7 as well.

Portrait: I think, this one is a little sharper than the other Minolta lenses I use (shown above; not sharper than the 200mm!). Again, slower AF. But thats all. It's the first prime I bought half a year ago, but I use it a lot since then.

I love it.
reviewer#2170 date: Apr-17-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-135 macro
70-21 f/4
135 f/2.8
85mm f/1.4g
price paid:$650.00
positive:Sharp!!!!!!!!
Superb Minolta color
Focus limit knob
looks like it belongs on my alpha
negative:Low light focus hunt.focus limit big help
Rare
comment:Superb macro lens.Also great for general walk around.It is always with me.Love this lens.Outdoor is more useful to reach subject.Indoor 50mm is preferred.I consider this a g Quality lens after comparing to all my other lenses. Also a bargain at $500.00 in mint condition.
reviewer#2051 date: Mar-26-2007
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 1.7
200 2.8 APO
28-135 zoom
price paid:Forget
positive:I love this lens; it is my most used Maxxum. Have had it for about 20 years and it works flawlessly. Very sharp, nice colour, solid metal build.
negative:Focussing ring is small, but easy to get used to. AF is slow, but for the subject matter I am often going for with this lens, I manual focus. Not circular aperture.
comment:This is an exceptionally veratile lens that I have used for thousands of images. I once dropped it on a concrete floor, and it "bent". Minolta repaired good as new.

Good viewing distance for insects, hard-to-approach subjects.

I have made some of my best selling images with this macro.

Non-circular aperture can cause distracting flare highlights in backlit images.

Examples can be found on my blog at: http://web.mac.com/davidbannister
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 79
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.99
  • build: 4.81
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.91

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