Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro A-mount Review. I never expected this old Minolta Af Macro 100mm was capable of such sharp images until I put this lens on my Sony A7rII for the first time. I knew it had a reputation of being one of the best lenses back in it’s time but I didn’t expect it to match some of the top Macro lenses today! The Minolta AF macro was produced back in the mid eighties and when Sony took over Minolta continued to produce lenses based on these older designs!
Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro A-mount Review – Construction
Everything is made of metal including the black, glossy lens barrel and it felt absolutely solid, although still compact. It weighs around 500g, and has the usual Minolta coatings which almost eliminates flare, ghosting and chromatic aberration.
I used the Sony LA-EA4 adapter to attach it to my Sony A7r II as it was an A mount lens. Although a little longer it still felt well balanced.
1/320 sec at f/4.5, ISO 1600 Hand Held
Being a Minolta, you also get the legendary Minolta colours which are deep and warm without looking over saturated. Perfect for macro photography!
This lens was designed for 1:1 Macro photography but we all know they also make great portrait lenses. Not forgetting the Sony A7r’s focus peaking, makes it easy to get the shot in focus. The auto-focus works fine but it’s not quite quite up to speed of todays lenses. But then again, if you’re shooting Macro, it’s always best to manual focus anyway!
1/500 sec at f/9.0, ISO 640 Hand Held
Before purchasing this lens I had the Sony 90mm G Macro but my wife decided she also liked it, and then it mysteriously disappeared from my camera bag. Actually I gave it to her as a bribe so I could go out and get the Sony 85mm 1.4 G Master!
I didn’t do as much Macro photography as I used to, and discovered this Minolta lens on eBay for just over USD 200 so I thought this may be a suitable replacement. When it arrived it was in pristine condition and I soon discovered it could take stunningly close, true macro photos at times matching the Sony Macro 90mm G. It’s that good!
Minolta AF 100mm F2.8 Macro A-mount Review – Conclusion
If you’re looking for a really good macro lens and see this little gem for sale, don’t hesitate and buy it. To be honest, I would not have bought the Sony 90mm G if I had got my hands on this lens first!
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