Konica Minolta 300mm f/2.8 APO G AF
(From Konica Minolta lens literature) This lens uses AD (Anomalous-Dispersion) glass elements which provides apochromatic correction for top-quality images. Its large maximum aperture enables shooting in low-light situations and its inner autofocusing element provides fast, precise focus adjustment. A focus-hold button is conveniently located on the side of the lens barrel, and adjusting the focusing range is easily done using the focusing range ring.
Konica Minolta 300mm f/2.8 APO G AF User Reviews
10 out of 10 points and recommended by Pirate77 (2 reviews)Build Quality IQ/Sharpness Colours/Bokeh, Fast AF Speed, 2x Focus Hold Buttons, Focus Range LimiterTripod mount leg too close to body (non removable), A shade slower with a TC fitted, Cover to manual adjustment ring easily opened
My findings and comments are based from use on a full frame 24MP Sony Alpha A850. I hope this review gives potential buyers a greater insight based on my findings and as you'll see, comparisons to others lenses I've owned have been made as well as the positives and negatives (my opinion only).reviewed June 13th, 2012 (purchased for $1,755)
It's already been said before; what a superb lens, but it oozes quality. My copy came supplied with 5 rear drop-in filters, rear cap, front hood, lens strap, alloy lens box, front CLR filter and original box.
This lens is everything you could hope for in a fast prime. Light enough to hand-hold (though a monopod/tripod support would be recommended and hand holding will require a certain degree of arm strength), the hood is not too long when fitted to a FF body to cause any vignetting and images are tack sharp with superb colours and buttery smooth bokeh.
An absolute 'must have' or the Mk 1 APO version. If your funds are limited I would recommend the Sigma AF 100-300/4 EX DG (IF) APO, but this Minolta prime lens just makes most others look lame by comparison in all departments.
Difficult to write a formal review as the image results it gives speak for themselves. So, if you're in need of arguably one of, if not THE best of the 300/2.8 tele/primes and you have the funds, it's a 'no brainer' . . . go get one.