Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11944 date: Aug-11-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-55 SAM, 18-70 Sony kit, Sony 55-200 SAM, Minolta 50mm f1.7RS, Minolta 28mm f2.8, Minolta 75-300mm II, Minolta 35-105 Macro original, Tokina AF 210II 70-210, Sigma 70-210 UC II.
price paid:$60 U.S.
positive:Sharpness, color (!), NO fringing, build, size and weight.
negative:MFD is long.
comment:When Minolta released this lens, they described it as a low-cost alternative to the beercan-NOT for portraiture, but for those needing a dedicated telephoto lens for the range of 100-200mm. That's why the MFD is allowed to be long. The designers let go of the need to be close and concentrated on other qualities of the lens strictly for bringing stuff that's over there to over here. If you look at Munger's review of the lens, you'll see the direct comparison with the beercan at the end. The 100-200 is consistently sharper at equivalent stops. The little lens exhibits LESS chromatic aberration than the beercan, and the color is the same delicious Minolta color that all the '80s vintage stuff produces. The beercan has nicer bokeh, but then it's more geared to do wonderful things at that range between 70 and 100. The 55-200 is somewhat sharp (although animal fur, even shot close, doesn't resolve as nicely as it does on my Minoltas even when the animal is very still) and resists flare better than the 100-200, but the colors are cold and flat, and at about 150-175mm, it goes soft. I don't know about you, but when I buy a lens that goes to 200mm, I care MOST about how it performs AT 200mm. This lens outperforms everything else I've had at 200, with the 75-300 II running a close second at 200. Of course, at about 275, it starts to go a little flat in color and ever-so-slightly soft. I don't care about the MFD of the 100-200 being long, after all, I love my 35-105 macro Minolta also, and its MFD is just as lengthy. If I want to get all that close, then they're both the wrong lenses anyway. There's a lot of hype and mythology surrounding some old Minolta glass, some of it deserved (although the "secret handshake" fable is just plain silly). The beercan is a very good lens, but if your needs are simply for telephoto and you've got something else for portraits (like a 50 on APS-C), the 100-200 is as much bang for the buck as you'll find. The 49mm filter size is the same as the 50 and the 28, so I'm all set there. Mine came without a hood, so a collapsible rubber hood works great. Mine suffers from a little bit of lens creep, but it's never been a problem in use. Some of my favorite shots have come from this lens, on film and on digital. I think the 55-200 SAM will go with my present camera as a bundle when next I upgrade, but for the price and the image quality, the 100-200 will probably never be sold, since it's so small, light, and easy to haul-and sharp. Let's face it, we're not talking about G-type pro glass here, and for A-mount cameras, there are not a lot of lenses that will give you sharp images at 200mm and afford you f4.5 in the process.
reviewer#11248 date: Jul-13-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:beercan,
little beercan,
baby beercan,
big beercan,
28-85mm,
50mm 1.7,
100mm 2.8 macro,
70-210mm 3.5-4.5,
price paid:40 USD EXC
positive:Sharp
Pretty quick AF
Not too slow aperture
Build Quality (tank)
Fairly light
Contrast range
Flare (?)
negative:limited range
CA
MFD
comment:This lens does not measure up to many other lenses. It has limited range, some CA when looking into the sun (like many old lenses), it is not as sharp as other lenses (but 1/10th the price), it's a bit heavy in comparison to many of the new lenses, but it's built like a tank and never very far away from me. It is, to me, the best bargain in my Minolta zoom line-up. I can't say why this lens is on my cameras so much, but I have great confidence in the results. If I can ever afford a Minolta 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G or the Minolta 70-200 F2.8 APO G D SSM, my little, slow 100-200mm will be the last to go.
reviewer#11174 date: Jun-2-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 3.5-4.5
Minolta 100-300 4.5-5.6
price paid:£40.00GBP (used)
positive:light
small
sharp wide open
reasonable fast focus for it's age.
negative:minimum focus distance is just under 2 meters.
wide open is not that wide
comment:Oh dear. I bought this out of curiosity - and only because the retailer had a manual focus lens I really wanted and was prepared to negotiate on the asking price if I bought both.

My rational brain was telling me that I already had a lens that covers this focal range and i didn't really need it but I thought it would be interesting to compare the performance of this metal "beercan" era lens against it's later plastic barrelled stablemate.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it out performs it's younger sibling, the 100-300 in every sphere save for maximum focal length and minimum focus distance. Shows markedly less CA, is significantly sharper and colour is more saturated. Focus speed is not noticeably different.

I've not had the opportunity to compare it side by side with the 70-210 on the same camera but I feel that the 70-210 would win out given the better minimum focus distance and faster max aperture, although edge sharpness maybe not so good.

The out of focus areas can be a bit busy - not the smoothest I've ever seen, so care needs to be taken with backgrounds. The 70-210 is much better in this respect in my view but bare in mind my experience with that lens is with a different camera (a100).

I ought to try this lens out with film. If I get round to that I'll post an update.

To sum up. I won't say this lens is a must have but could fit the bill if you don"t already have a zoom in this range and have limited budget. Don't pay over the odds.
reviewer#11026 date: Apr-9-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
55-200 on the A77
price paid:65 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness
Size
Weight
Price
Focuses more reliably than the Beercan.
negative:None
comment:My copy of this lens is excellent. It's sharpness wide-open on the A99 is at least equivalent (if not better) to the Beercan. I believe many people miss the potential in lenses like this when they don't adjust their in-camera settings properly or use a program like Lightroom to draw the contrast and resolution out of the RAW image. I highly recommend this inexpensive lens to any A99 user. You'll be very pleased at the detail it reveals. Even at f4.5 on the A99 you still have a lot of leeway into low-light conditions with the camera's high-ISO tolerance.
reviewer#10904 date: Feb-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:N/A
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Build Quality
Minolta Color
Size
Value
Hood
negative:Not much to complain about with this lens.
comment:Image quality is on par with the Beercan. I really liked this lens. Excellent value for the price. Would recommend this lens if you can't get the 70-210 Beercan.
reviewer#10720 date: Nov-22-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-105 macro
price paid:100 usd (like new)
positive:Minolta colors
IQ
Metal construction
useful range for APS-C
negative:AF noise
comment:Very good mid range zoom, the colors out of this lense are outstanding, it's very sharp too, at f/4 is dead sharp. All metal, and good quality of construction. This glass is old, but very capable. Get one if you can.
reviewer#10461 date: Aug-20-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4
Sigma 70-210 F2.8
Tokina 70-210 F4.5/5.6
Tamron 70-300LD
price paid:50ukp
positive:Great size the ideal track side partner where you dont need excessive zoom
negative:Minimum Focus Distance
comment:What can i say this lens has to be the perfect track side companion.
Small light and has fantastic build quality.
If you can get trackside with 5-7m distance its the perfect lens so sharp, that cropping is not an issue.
The focus speed is very fast and does not hunt like the beercan, I dont think this lens ever failed to focus on the action even when taking superbikes, etc .
the colours are vibrant and typical minolta,
I love this lens and is always on my camera for track days
reviewer#10387 date: Jul-17-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 'Beercan'
Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5 Macro
Sigma AF 55-200mm DC
Minolta AF 70-200mm F2.8 APO HS G
Tamron AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF)
price paid:£0.00 (Bundled)
positive:Size
Lightweight
Build Quality
Focal Length
Lens Hood
Size
Price
negative:MFD
comment:This is the alternative cheaper option to the venerable F4 'Beercan'. Whilst it's not considered to be one of the 'must have' lenses from the Minolta back catalogue, it does have a useful focal range and doubles up fairly well as a walkabout lens mainly due to is weight.

IQ is acceptable whilst not being stellar, but is far better than some other optics in the short/medium zoom category.

An alternative to more expensive glass that covers the same range, it's well built and is lightweight. A generous lens hood stops flare and overall a nice little lens to have at hand. Maybe one that's overlooked in favour of others, but it doesn't have the kudos like the F4 'Beercan'. It's very affordable but don't let the price fool you. I produces nice bokeh, classic Minolta colours and very acceptable IQ.
reviewer#10239 date: May-26-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
price paid:90 euro
positive:-Excellent sharpness and total quality.
-Compact size light weight
-Excellent optical performance for the price
-Fixed aperture all the way
-49mm (cheap) filters
-Nice bokeh for an f/4.5
-Robust build
-As sharp as the beercan
Even wide open at 200
-Build to last
-razor sharp when stopped down at f6-f8,
-very nice colors.
-relatively fast AF
negative:1.9m Minimum Focus Distance
comment:Image quality is like the 70-210/4 in a smaller, lighter package, the sharpness is great at 100mm and still good at 200mm.
No complaints at all about sharpness, fringing, aberration or vignetting.
complementing the kitlens, 24-85,
Very attractive for example "street photography"
Bokeh is very nice across the board,
the point is that this lens can definitely produce some very, very good results.
amazes me each time
Looking for a not to expensive quality lens ... this is the one to buy.
reviewer#10211 date: May-15-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm f4.5 (I)
Sigma 75-300mm f4 APO
price paid:55 GBP used
positive:Awesome colours
Build
Sharpness
f4.5 from 100-200mm
Bokeh
Weight
negative:Nothing. Why the negatives on the MFD, it is what it is.
comment:Really nice, well built lens from the same time period as the bigger 70-210mm Beercan. Rated sharpness 4.5 but 4.0 would have been too low for the others (no 4.5 option). The best aspect of this lens is the speed at 200mm (same as 100mm). It's a nice size and weight compared to the 70-210mm Beercan (but similar to the 70-210mm f4.5).
reviewer#10206 date: May-15-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big Beercan (Minolta AF 70-210 F 4)
Sigma - 75-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta AF 75-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
price paid:10 USD(Fleet market)
positive:- Sturdy build
- Nice colors
- Decent sharpness
negative:- Odd zoom
comment:I seldom use this lens, however that may simply be because I both have the big beer can and my favorite sigma tele. This is sort of the odd fella in the lens family and spend most of its time at home due to the lack of macro and lesser zoom range than my other telies...
reviewer#10188 date: May-11-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP 70-300 f4-5.6 USD
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 N
Vivitar Series 1 100-400 f4.5-6.7
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO
Sigma 75-300 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
price paid:£40 (used)
positive:Excellent IQ.
Small and light.
Amazing value.
Low CA.
Sharp even at full aperture.
negative:Slightly limited range on APS-C.
comment:This is a quality lens.

Having accumulated rather more lenses than I actually need (or use!) I decided to do a shoot-out before deciding which ones are expendable. The Minolta 100-200 f4.5 was the cheapest of all and I expected it to come mid-field at best. I took numerous comparative test shots, primarily at full aperture and f8 and then did an A-B comparison on screen at 100%, looking at both centres and corners.

As expected the Tamron SP came first in every test, but then it is virtually a 'G' class lens and cost more than the lenses in 2nd, 3rd & 4th places combined! In second place (and the cheapest of the lot remember) came the Minolta 100-200 f4.5, just ahead of the Beercan, due to much lower CA (double the price) and the Minolta 100-300 APO, which was the tiniest bit less sharp (three times the price).

This lens is very sharp at full aperture and extremely sharp at every other aperture, as well as being small and light, but at the same time well built. None of the shots showed any significant distortion or flare. Colours were superb.

For the price you can pick one of these gems up for, it ought to be in everyone's collection, in my opinion. Incidentally, my 'compared to' list is in order of excellence. This obviously only reflects my personal findings and opinions. I have to say also that the top 4 lenses all produced excellent results, with a noticeable drop in quality from the bottom 3.
reviewer#10145 date: Apr-25-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
price paid:50 € 65 $ mint
positive:Incredibly sharp
Great colors
Hood is effective
Really fast AF
High quality build
negative:Could be faster but what do you expect for this little money?
comment:I am totally in love with this Minolta gem.
It's a very solid yet quite light lens.
What really impressed me is the AF speed - I didn't expect it to be that fast.
This lens is without any doubt a keeper for me.
Sure, f/4 would be nice and a smaller MFD too but I love it the way it is.
reviewer#10125 date: Apr-16-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 f4 beercan
price paid:126 usd used
positive:light weight
compact size
beautiful model
negative:not as sharp as beercan
soft at 100 and 200
MFD
comment:MFD of this lens is super annoying. you can't even shoot portrait of your cousin across the table!

I love the looking, size and weight of this lens.

very satisfied with the IQ.

As beercan give slightly sharper image but compare to the weight and size that we have to carry I think this lens could become a tempting choice.
reviewer#10060 date: Mar-27-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 55-200
price paid:$80
positive:Sharp. Extremely well built. Small
negative:Terrible MFD. Middling range.
comment:I like the lens for its compact size, great build quality, and excellent image quality. I do not use it much anymore however because i've found that the 55-200 has equally impressive IQ while packing much better range. That combined with a horrible MFD has all but stopped me from using the 100-200. If you can find one at a good price it is worth considering but otherwise go 55-200.
reviewer#10059 date: Mar-26-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80
Minolta 28-105 RS
price paid:130 USD (Mint)
positive:-Very sharp wide open!
-Small and light
-Good colors
-No zoom creep!
-Clip-on hood better than I thought
negative:-None as long as you understand its imitations
-Would be my perfect lens if it was constant F4!
comment:Wow this is honestly one of my favorite lens period. Just the portability makes it worth it compared to other telephotos, and it doesn't look as obscene as a Beercan when mated to a A65 :). I find the range perfect for outdoor events or going to the zoo.
reviewer#9840 date: Jan-24-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4 Beercan
Sony SAL 75-300 F4.5-5.6
price paid:SGD 100 (used)
positive:Very portable
Excellent colors
Creamy bokeh
Battleship grade construction
negative:MFD (Not a big deal)
Soft at 200mm
comment:Bought it from a Minolta lens collector who decided to change system. I was searching for a replacement to my beercan and Sony SAL75-300 and I came across this lens selling quite cheap. I decided to give the beercan to my daughter as she is crazy about the IQ of her shots everytime she uses my beercan. I decided to buy the Sony 75-300 but after my trip to Italy I decided to sell this lens as I am totally disappointed about the colors of my photos with this lens.

This mini-beercan has lived up to my expectation as a replacement as I was specifically looking for a lens that is portable yet with comparable IQ to my beercan. The beercan, though produces excellent IQ doesn't seem to look good in my Sony Alpha 77 because of the long but slim barrel. It just makes my @77 look ugly! This beercan is almost the same length with my SAL1650F28 and looks cool in my @77!

Compared to the SAL75300, my mini-beercan just stepped on it in every category except of course in the focal range which, I don't really give that much importance. The almost 2 meter MFD actually makes my models feel more comfortable during photoshoots!

Thanks to the engineers of the beercan series lenses and the Sony Alpha 77 as I am able to take photos with a quality of a professional photographer!
reviewer#9775 date: Jan-10-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan
MinO 135/2.8
price paid:90 USD
positive:-light
-compact
-constant f/4.5
-sharp
negative:-range
-MFD
comment:I got this as a compact alternative to my beercan. I would say performance is really close to the beercan overall, AF seems fast (fast enough for a screw-drive of this generation). My copy does not have a hood, so flare is always a consideration.

The aperture difference with the beercan is negligible, but I rarely shoot my zooms wide-open. The MFD is sometimes restrictive at almost 2 meters. Would really enjoy it more if it was in the 1 meter range, like the Beercan.

A very capable lens for the price.
reviewer#9704 date: Dec-19-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Beercan
Minolta Baby Beercan
Sigma 70 - 300mm
price paid:$30.00
positive:Cheap!
Small and light weight
Quite sharp!
negative:WHY couldn't it be an F/4 ???
comment:First off... I have two copies of this lens. The first was from Ebay ($30.00). The second, with case & hood incidentally, came in a box of stray lenses encountered at a swap meet ($10.00)!

I shoot Roller Derby. A Beercan is WAY too much lens for an indoor venue. It's too big & heavy, and is too slow to autofocus.

A Baby Beercan is a MUCH better choice for the job... but sometimes you can use just a bit more ability to reach out.

If the light at the arena is good enough, then the 100 - 200 comes into play; as was previously pointed out, the lighting in gyms and arenas isn't always the right playground for this lens. For safety reasons I shoot with existing light ONLY (I don't want to risk distracting hurtling skaters in full combat mode with a flash), and that extra half F stop in the Beercan makes a world of difference.

It "points" a whole lot more easily than the Beercan, and autofocuses a WHOLE lot FASTER.

Even wide open, it's a quite sharp lens, and the color rendition is excellent, even under the usual mercury or sodium vapor arena lights.

My only complaint... WHY couldn't Minolta have engineered this one as an F/4 ??? If they did that, it would be almost the PERFECT lens for me.
reviewer#9616 date: Nov-22-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 Beercan, 70-210 f3.5 to f4.5
price paid:90 USD used
positive:sharp, light, small
negative:less range, f4.5 is not great for indoor gym level of lighting
comment:I was going to get rid of this lens in favor of the Beercan which I also owned for a period of time. The beercan was slightly sharper and slightly faster with an F4 lens aperture, but I found those differences to be too slight to make up for the weight and size of the bigger lens. This lens also blew away the first copy of the 70-210 f3.5 to 4.5 zoom, so I sold that one as well as the beercan and have just bought another 70-210 f3.5-4.5. We will see if it challenges my 100-200, which so far is the victor in my cheap zoom competition!
reviewer#9593 date: Nov-15-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MAF 100-300 APO D,
MAF 135/2.8
price paid:130 USD (used, mint)
positive:Compact size and weight,
nice colors,
good bokeh,
cheap

negative:vignette,
f/4.5,
too large MFD
comment:Good travel-zoom lens, small and well build. At f/8 gives results similar to more expensive lenses. Too big focus distance sometimes is annoying.
reviewer#9330 date: Aug-12-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta (Beercan) 70-210mm
Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:40 USD (Used)
positive:Build quality, as solid as the Beercan
Light even if it's all metal
Sharper then most kit lens
Filter size 49mm
Good sharpness even at f4.5
Excellent value for market price
Good walk around lens
negative:CA in high contrast situation
AF a bit noisy
Soft at 200mm
comment:I bought this lens used at eBay cheap,under $40.00 US in excellent shape, got it mostly to complete my AF Minolta lens, but was very surprised at the built quality, all metal and light. It's a good walk around lens for candid shots in any downtown city, because of it's size nobody will notice you. F-Stop are of the old type from the film days, no thirds. AF is a bit noisy and moderately fast, but again it all depend on were you're using this lens, downtown at 5'oclock nobody will notice. As far as sharpness goes, f8 to f16 are the sweet numbers with a minimum of CA at ISO 200, no worst than a kit lens. All in all, for the price paid, you get a good lens with a metal body, that should last a long time, probably longer then plastic bodies. Good point, filter size 49mm, can be bought cheap everywhere.

As with any Minolta AF film lens, CA will alway be a problem, but nothing that cannot be easily fix in Camera RAW. Bokeh is not it's strong point, but then again, F-Stop start at f4.5, even fully open you get good sharpness but stay away from 200mm, I find that 180mm gives the best result.
reviewer#9321 date: Aug-10-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 (Original)
price paid:45 GBP
positive:Sharp from f5.6
Superb colours
Lovely bokeh
Lightweight
Value for money
negative:Minimum focus distance
Noisy AF
comment:Very sharp from 100-180, At 200 sharpness drops off a touch (but not soft)

Needs hood to combat flare, but so do most of the Minolta lenses of this generation,

Nice lens to carry around when not wanting to carry around Big Beercan and you dont need the extra reach.

Highly recommended in view of the current price level
reviewer#9045 date: May-23-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- beercan 70-210mm
- Tamron 80-210mm
price paid:20 Euro
positive:- compact and light
- nice color
- constant apertue @4.5
- large hood
negative:- Huge MFD !!
- focal Range
- AF speed (specially in low light condition)
comment:- Flare is not so bad but only with the hood!

I've got the lenses in a package.

I used that lense with my SONY Alpha 55
- Do not expect to use it to record video. The AF is too noisy!!
reviewer#8875 date: Apr-5-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Pentax 60-250mm
price paid:
missing
positive:- Size
negative:- Focal range
- Contrast
- No modern coatings
- AF speed
comment:I would love nothing more than to love this lens and give it high marks. Because i love the size, i think every mid to long range tele should be no longer than this lens.

Yet the range limited. Wish it starts around 80mm instead, which i feel is a more usable range for indoor portraits. F4.5 is not bad, but not fast. Also not too big of a difference to other zooms that are around f5.6 in their mid-long sections.

The contrast is mediocre, about the same as the 75-300 lenses which does have a larger range. That lens also have better AF speed.

I get to play with a friend's Pentax K-5 with 60-250mm lens. That's a long, heavy, expensive yet modern zoom lens. Clear difference in contrast and sharpness and AF speed. I wish there was a quality zoom like that for Alpha mount.

My whining aside, this is a mediocre lens. Given the chance, i would get something else with better AF speed.
reviewer#8752 date: Mar-6-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:80 Euros
positive:Stunningly sharp results for such an old and inexpensive lens
negative:Bokeh is not the prettiest in the world
comment:Already quite sharp at F4.5 with some haze which is gone with F5, nearly flawless from F5.6 on
reviewer#8750 date: Mar-6-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200mm f4 (beercan)
price paid:$40 USD
positive:fixed f4.5 aperture
small size
image quality
negative:long minimum focus distance
comment:Compared to the beercan, this lens is nearly as good and costs less than half the priced (used). I find myself grabbing it more often than the beercan thanks to its small size and low weight. One downside is that the minimum focus distance is rather long, so it can make shooting awkward in certain situations.
reviewer#8740 date: Mar-5-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 18-70
tokina 19-35 F3.5 4.5
min 50 F1.7
min 28 F2.8
min 35-105N
min100-200 F4.5
min 100 F2.8 macro
+various M42
price paid:£70
positive:sharpness
Size
colour
Build
hardly needs stopping down
bokeh
negative:MFD
limited range
comment:Cracking little lens, especially for the price. Have taken some great shots with it.A good pairing with 35-105old.Never seen any flare/CA.As with all of this generation min. lenses minimum focus distance is pretty terrible, but outside in good light it produces wonderful images
reviewer#8448 date: Dec-25-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-210 F4
70-210 F3.5-4.5
75-300 F4.5-5.6 "II" & "D"
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp wide open, small and light, good build
negative:MFD
comment:Small and light lens but it is nothing to scoff at. Very sharp wide open, especially at long end. Smaller and lighter than Beercan with comparable image quality and build. MFD is a bit limiting sometimes.
reviewer#8253 date: Nov-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Good sharpness and color. lightweight, and inexpensive especially on APS-C, 49mm filter
negative:Limited range on FF, zoom creep
comment:For the price and on APS-C this lens is a keeper.

On FF does not perform as well but still a good lens.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 115
  • sharpness: 4.37
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.58
  • distortion: 4.46
  • flare control: 4.06
  • overall: 4.43

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