Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

Started Apr 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
camperbc Senior Member • Posts: 2,072
Can someone explain...

My apologies if I might be getting a wee bit off topic, but I have noticed a few of you listing the 100-300mm APO after I mentioned my 100-300mm APO(D), and I am wondering what distinguishes these two lenses apart. All that I have gleaned from the Dyxum site is that the "D" APO has a higher review rating in each of the six categories, and weighs 50 grams more than the "non-D". Have also noticed that the APO(D) is more expensive. Someone once told me that the only difference between the two is the coating, which seems odd, as this alone should not make one weigh about 11% more than the other. So, it makes me wonder if most people own the regular APO simply because it is more affordable, more readily available, or...?

I cannot vouch for the regular APO, having never used one, but can attest to the superb colours, contrast and incredible sharpness of the APO(D), along with accurate focus, nice bokeh, and lack of CA/PF, not to mention how compact and lightweight it is. I call it my poor-man's G lens.

It would be interesting to hear if any of you have experience with both of these lenses, and what your thoughts may be regarding any similarities/differences?


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