Minolta AF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO

(9 customer reviews)

The Minolta AF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO is a camera glass that can be used for long distance photography. It has the ability to autofocus or can be manually focused. The lens has a number of elements that are coated to reduce glare and improve image quality. The build quality of the lens is good and it can produce high resolution images. The aperture can be adjusted to allow more or less light into the lens. There are alternatives to this lens that can also be used for long distance photography. When taking photos with this lens, the bokeh effect can be achieved to blur the background and bring focus to the subject. The lens was manufactured some time ago, but it can still be used with modern cameras.


  • Excellent image quality, sharp and clear even at maximum zoom
  • Versatile focal range allowing for both distance and close up shots
  • Smooth and fast autofocus system
  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • APO (Apochromatic) lens design helps to minimize chromatic aberrations
  • Great value for money, especially when compared to some of the more expensive lenses in its category


  • Aperture range is limited, which may be a concern for low light situations
  • Some users have reported a slightly noisy autofocus motor, although I did not experience this issue personally
  • Build quality could be better, as it feels a bit flimsy and not as solid as some other lenses in its category


  • Overall, the Minolta AF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO is a fantastic lens that delivers excellent results for its price point. It offers a versatile focal range that is perfect for everything from wildlife photography to sports and action shots. While there are a few minor issues with the lens, they are far outweighed by the positives. If you are looking for an affordable, high-quality zoom lens for your Minolta camera, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

Optical design

Has 9 aperture blades, with this amount of aperture blades you will be satisfied with the result.

Physical characteristics

101 mm long, requires consideration if you want to carry in the camera bag. With a lens filter diameter of 55 mm commonly filter size, presents numerous filter possibilities. Weights 435 grams so plan ahead, carry only if really necessary.

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9 reviews for Minolta AF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO

  1. allphotolenses.com

    3.0 allphotolenses.com user rated as 4.2/5

  2. dyxum.com

    68 dyxum.com user rated as 4.3/5

  3. ebay.com

    28 ebay.com user rated as 4.91/5

  4. lens-club.ru

    9 lens-club.ru user rated as 4.13/5

  5. Ebay.com Mar 31, 2011

    A superb lens for the Sony Alpha series Digital Cameras With Sony having bought Minolta’s camera and lens part of the business, the new Sony Alpha series incorporated Minolta Camera’s technology into their Digital Cameras. Best outcome of this is that all the Minolta Maxxum lenses can fit perfectly onto the new Sony Digital Cameras. Two great advantages of these :

    1. 20 year’s worth of Maxxum Lenses are instantly available to be purchased for the Sony Cameras.

    2. The Maxxum lenses, like this one, are superbly made glass lenses, with great optics. (Many of the current lenses are suprisingly not made of glass!).

    3. A really wide range of used Maxxum lenses are available on ebay for excellent prices !

    While most Minonlta Maxxum lenses are nice, be careful when buying used. Be willing to pay extra for those that come with the original box – as this means they were properly cared for, and spent most of their life safely stored in the original box. Look patiently for someone selling clean Maxxum lenses, like this one, for a good price.

    The 75-300mm lens is great for Portrait Photography and for Nature photography. For Portraits, you will get very sharp focus of the subject, while the background & foreground will be blurred. To maximize this effect, stand a little further back from the subject, and zoom in.

    This is a beautiful lens, and I am thoroughly enjoying using it with my new Sony Alpha A55 !

    Thank You for reading and rating my review.

  6. Ebay.com Feb 10, 2011

    Just fine…older Minolta lens on my New Sony A-33 just tried the lens on my Sony A 33 SLT camera…the old Minolta lens are a bargain..way cheaper than the Sony Lens of comparable range and speed…and the build is way better unless you spend a whole lot of money for the faster glass or brand….affordable photo fun….
    It was really nice of Sony to incorporate the older style Minolta-Konice lens mount into their new Sony Alpha SLR line of cameras…seems most companies just change everything to make older gear obsolete…and sell more product…
    So for this reason I bought Sony—for the lens adaptability…
    Ps..from what I can tell without using my new Minolta lens..it’s going to be just fine for my needs—

  7. Ebay.com Mar 27, 2011

    Good all around telephoto lens I bought the Konica Minolta 100-300mm lens to take photos of my grandson racing his dirtbike.I had always wanted a telephoto for other shots.I have had very good experiences using this lens,taking a few rolls at his races.It is easy to use and produces great pictures.I have even tried faster speed film with great results.Also taking shots of our dog who usually won’t let you get close to get good pictures.I have really been pleased with this purchase with this purchase and would highly recommend this product,buying slr camera accessaries are a lot cheaper now than before digital cameras came along.Like with anything else the only downside is buying film and getting it developed

  8. Ebay.com Dec 04, 2009

    Good lens A.- I’m a Minolta man,I was possession this lens for more than 10 years.Cause this lens are designed for film cameras reason,I sold it out when I used Minolta alpha 7 1st. D-SLR.
    A.- This lens is compact,light weight, lower cost & sharpest reasons, I repurchased.
    A.- Negative comment for this lens : Front elements rotate when focusing.

  9. Ebay.com Jun 29, 2009

    Excellent lens The lens works like a dream. No defects, scratches or problems. The lens was an outstanding fit for my camera and I have already used it to take numerous pictures. I was looking for a lens that would give me great distance shots with a closeup feel. It is well worth the money, which was a great deal as well. I have been looking for a year for a lens like this and it is exactly what I ordered.

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