|Production status:||● Discontinued|
|Production type:||Mass production|
|Original name:||MINOLTA AF ZOOM 100-300mm 1:4.5(32)-5.6|
|System:||● Minolta A (1985)|
|Focal length range:||100mm - 300mm [3X zoom ratio]|
|Speed range:||F/4.5 @ 100mm - F/5.6 @ 300mm|
|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Mount and Flange focal distance:||Minolta/Sony A [44.5mm]|
|Diagonal angle of view:||24.4° @ 100mm - 8.2° @ 300mm (35mm full frame)|
|16.1° @ 100mm - 5.4° @ 300mm (Minolta/Sony A APS-C)|
|Lens construction:||11 elements - 9 groups|
|Diaphragm control system:||Electromagnetic|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Zooming method:||Extends while zooming|
|Closest focusing distance:||1.5m|
|Maximum magnification ratio:||1:4 @ 300mm at the closest focusing distance|
|Focusing method:||<No information>|
|Focusing modes:||Autofocus, manual focus|
|Manual focus control:||Focusing ring|
|Autofocus motor:||In-camera motor|
|Focus mode selector:||None; focusing mode is set from the camera|
|Direct Manual Focus (DMF):||Yes|
|Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||⌀72.5×100mm|
|Lens hood:||Slip-on 6507-810 (round)|
distant subjects, distant landscapes with perspective compression effect, wild nature, travel
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|5.6||Cosina AF 100-300mm F/5.6-6.7 MC (Promaster, Soligor, Tokina EMZ, Vivitar) • ⌀55||●||Compare||0||1|
|5.6||Cosina AF 100-300mm F/5.6-6.7 MC Macro (Phoenix, Promaster, Vitacon, Vivitar, Voigtlander) • ⌀55||2000 ●||Compare||0||1|
|4.5||Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO • ⌀55||1993 ●||Compare||0||0|
|4.5||Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO D • ⌀55||2000 ●||Compare||0||2|
|4.5||Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO RS • ⌀55||1993 ●||Compare||0||1|
|4.5||Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 xi • ⌀55||1991 ●||Compare||0||1|
|4.0||Sigma 100-300mm F/4 APO EX DG [HSM] • ⌀82||Pro||2005 ●||Compare||4||5|
|4.0||Sigma 100-300mm F/4 APO EX IF [HSM] • ⌀82||Pro||2000 ●||Compare||3||5|
|4.5||Sigma 100-300mm F/4.5-6.7 DL ZEN • ⌀55||1997 ●||Compare||0||3|
|4.5||Sigma 100-300mm F/4.5-6.7 UC ZEN • ⌀55||1997 ●||Compare||0||3|
|5.0||Tamron AF 100-300mm F/5-6.3 86D • ⌀55||1997 ●||Compare||1||2|
|5.0||Tamron AF 100-300mm F/5-6.3 Macro 186D • ⌀55||1998 ●||Compare||1||2|
|4.5||Tamron AF 90-300mm F/4.5-5.6 62D • ⌀58||1990 ●||Compare||1||4|
|4.0||Tokina AT-X 340 AF SD 100-300mm F/4 • ⌀77||Pro||1993 ●||Compare||3||3|
|4.0||Tokina AT-X 340 AF SD 100-300mm F/4 [IF] II • ⌀77||Pro||1995 ●||Compare||3||3|
The higher a lens is on the list, the better it is in its class
|4.5||Sony 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G SSM II [SAL70300G2] • ⌀62||2014 ●||Compare||6||3|
|5.0||Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C • ⌀95||Pro||2014 ●||Compare||7||4|
|5.0||Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di [VC] USD G2 A022 • ⌀95||Pro||2016 ●||Compare||6||4|
|4.5||Sigma 50-500mm F/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM • ⌀95||Pro||2010 ●||Compare||4||3|
|4.5||Sony 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G SSM [SAL70300G] • ⌀62||2008 ●||Compare||5||3|
|4.0||Tamron SP AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di [VC] USD A005 • ⌀62||2010 ●||Compare||3||3|
Among autofocus lenses designed for 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras only. Speed of standard and telephoto lenses is taken into account.
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A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.
Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.
Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.
35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.
APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.
Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).
Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.
As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.
A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).
This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),
CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.
A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.
A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.
Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.
The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.
Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.
Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.
Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.
The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.
The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.
In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.
The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.
The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.
Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".
Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.
Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.
Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.
As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.
Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.
At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.
Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).
For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.
A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.
Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.
Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.
Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.
A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.
The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.
Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.
Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.
Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.
Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.
Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.
The change of focal length is achieved by turning the zoom ring and the manual focusing - by turning the separate focusing ring.
Push/pull zooming allows for faster change of focal length, however conventional method based on the rotation of the zoom ring provides more accurate and smooth zooming.
The change of focal length and the manual focusing is achieved by one and the same ring. The change of focal length happens when the photographer moves the ring towards the mount or backwards and the rotation of the ring leads to change of focus.
The lens features a zoom lock to keep the zoom ring fixed. This function is convenient for carrying a camera with the lens on a strap because it prevents the lens from extending.
The lens features electronically driven zoom mechanism. It provides smoother, more natural zoom movements than you could accomplish by hand.
The Holy Trinity of lenses refers to a three-lens set that covers a focal length range from the ultra-wide focal length of 14-16mm all the way long to the telephoto focal length of 200mm. The set typically consists of a 16-35mm ultra-wide angle zoom lens, a 24-70mm standard zoom lens and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens and usually represents the best constant-aperture zoom lenses in a manufacturer's lineup. The set is designed to cover almost every genre of photography, be it landscapes, architecture, portraits, weddings, sports, travel or even wildlife (with teleconverter). However, it is also expensive, large and heavy.