This is my first post even if I've already read many of your interesting discussions in this forum. I would like to know your opinion about this prime lens because I was looking for a second hand 85mm1.4 but I've found one 100mm f/2 at a good price and "like new". It's known to be sharp and probably sharper than the minolta 85mm1.4 but I'm more concerned about its bokeh. Is it good or is it better to spend a little bit more and to go for the 85mm instead?
The F/2.0 family of Minolta is almost a wow any time on any shot, but the 100mm F/2.0 is the best of this class I think.
In fact I'm not able to say now if it is the 200mm 2.8 or the 100mm 2.0 who is the best lens I ever use from Minolta. The 100mm even at 2.0 on the A900 will blow you away with the detail and color.
This is a single portrait shot I have to execute for the company I'm working on (I'm a software Engineer, but they ask me when there is picture to take) :
F2.2 (my test light picture ... but I have keep it): http://www.pbase.com/nadeauf/image/109091498/large
(Both pictures has passed thought Portrait Pro unfortunately ... )
Probably people have already said that, at any price under 900 US at this moment with a very good copy, don't be afraid to buy one. I can insure you that with more Full frame camera Sony around this lens will be impossible to find under 1000 US next year.
This is the keeper you can buy play with it and resell it and never lost money.
In fact on my side I have more than one
, in case I'm loosing one and never been able to find another one in the future.
In any situation, when I need to bring some prime and I have not a lot of space, the 100mm 2.0 wine every time on the 85mm F/1.4. I'm still some time thinking that I should sell the 85 1.4 (that will be most common to find in the future) and stay only with the 100mm 2.0.