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

reviews found: 43    << 1 2
reviewer#2750 date: Sep-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:50/2.8 Macro (MinO)
price paid:370 Euro (used)
positive:Good build. Sharp.
negative:Hunts a bit sometimes.
comment:My favorite lens. I enjoy working with it. Feels solid and gives very sharp pictures. AF is pretty accurate, but I MF most of the time.
reviewer#2573 date: Jul-22-2007
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 50mm f/2.8 Macro
Min 135/2.8
price paid:400 € (like new)
positive:Everything.
negative:
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comment:As beautiful a macro lens as everybody says. Sharpness, colour and contrast are just wonderful. The focus limiter helps the AF a lot if using the lens as a tele, and manual focusing is OK even with the smallish focus ring.
reviewer#2423 date: Jun-7-2007
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:Nikon, Canon macro lenses.
price paid:275 USD Used
positive:This is the sharpest lens I've ever used and seen results from.
Bokeh at 2.8 is really nice. When using as a long distance prime (vs macro use) results are also excellent. From cars to people to lowlight the versatility is unmatched. Great compact size, Scale ratio markings (in blue)are a nice detail. hood fits flush and tight when reversed so no edge to snag in gear bag.
negative:None
comment:This lens is simply elegant in it's design, build, versatility, color rendition,and sharpness. By far the Sharpest Prime lens Minolta made. Zero distortion in 1:1 or any focus ratio.


Please note: My Camera doesn't support the D/ADI series lenses so I really cannot comment on whether or not I miss that feature compared to the more recent versions of this lens.
reviewer#2255 date: May-4-2007
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:Tamron 90 macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Very Sharp
Great build quality
negative:
missing
comment:What more can I say about this lens that has not already been said? I love it. A super nice addition to the Minolta family.

reviewer#1700 date: Jan-25-2007
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:100/2, 50/2.8 macro
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Resolution
Colors and contrast
Focus range limiter
negative:Slow AF (it's a macro)
Tiny focus ring
comment:With the 100/2 in my bag I don't use this lens a lot; only when macro capabilities are needed. Still, it it's among the sharpest lens I ever used.
Slow AF (which is kind of normal for a true macro lens) doesn't make this lens a perfect lens for most situations but it can be used as a portrait lens too. Focus limiter does a great job here.
Pleasing colors and contrast.
I wish it has at least the same focus ring as the new D version since on this one I do find it a little too tick.
reviewer#1561 date: Dec-22-2006
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:$360 new in box
positive:Sharp... super sharp.
negative:Hunt in low light
comment:Bought it at a very decent price on ebay a few months ago. One of the Best Macro lenses around. Slow AF.
reviewer#1480 date: Nov-26-2006
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:Ł285 Like new
positive:Razorsharp
Bokeh
Colour
Faster focusing then the original
... you name it..
negative:Easy to swithch the limiter by accident.
Hunts a lot at around 1:1 at low contrast situations as all macros seems to do
comment:This is a top notch lens in all respects but build
Wish the focus limitter was closer at 1:1 and stiffer to move, accidently change it to wrong possition to often to be fun.
I gave only a 4 for build due to the fact that when at 1:1 or close to it the barrel can be 'tilted' by some extend (by some ligh force), and that the barrel is made of plastic.

Internal focusing would been great for this kind of lens.

Had the original and this is pretty much the same.
reviewer#1411 date: Nov-11-2006
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:M 50/1.7, KM28-75D/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Super sharp
negative:
missing
comment:I am totally delighted by this lens which I bought used. Good not only for closeup work, nice bokeh.
reviewer#1016 date: Jul-12-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 APO(D)
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness and colour.
Incredible bokeh.
Beatiful and with solid build
The best lens for macro work, you can be far than with 50 macro
negative:Some colour fringing on contrasta areas
comment:The best lens I had. Now it is sold, why?: I wanted a portrait lens and I had lots of dificulties to make macro photography. The DOF at 100mm f8 is so swallow that you need a flash or very good light to obtain good results. I was desperate with my macro attempts.

Tripod is very recommended too. Focus is OK for a macro, and when you use limiter is better. I use MF for macro.

Now I am trying to buy a 85/1.4 G, this will be a better lens for the use I wanted to give to the 100 macro

Maybe one day I will have more time and will give another chance to this lens
reviewer#601 date: Mar-20-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:very sharp, excellent color rendition
negative:
missing
comment:I made many excellent macro shots on slide with this lens. Only recently I went digital and I get the same good results in combination with the 7D. I am still very glad I invested 10 years ago in an original Minolta macro lens. Qualitatively the best lens I own.
reviewer#486 date: Feb-11-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Razor sharp wide open, great color rendition, excellent build quality, no distortion or flare
negative:
missing
comment:This is by far the most expensive lens I own. It hunts a bit in low light, but is quick and precise when focusing in good light. Incredible optics. I use this to take portraits of family and friends as well as goofy bug and flower pictures in our back yard. It is fantastic for the macro work, but it is equally good at portraiture and general photography. Very sharp from edge to edge with great bokeh.
reviewer#432 date: Jan-23-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:One of my favorite lenses -- always have it with me.
reviewer#1 date: Oct-25-2004
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:This lens is stunning. Simply amazing clarity. Phenomenal for macro work. One of Minolta's best.
negative:It's almost too sharp for portrait work. But personally, I love it. It isn't cheap.
I like all metal bodies, and this one is not.
comment:This lens is as good as it gets, in it's class. Any review you find on this lens will agree. It is pricey, but it's well worth it, in my opinion.
reviews found: 43    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 43
  • sharpness: 4.94
  • color: 4.95
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.84
  • overall: 4.88

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