Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11907 date: Jul-14-2014
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 70-200 F2.8 Di LD IF Macro
Minolta AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 New
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, bokeh, constant f/4, colours
negative:weight
comment:Great lens for the price, much better than Minolta 75-300 New
reviewer#11779 date: Apr-19-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50 f2.8
Minolta 50 f1.7
price paid:$140 used
positive:-Cheap
-Rather sharp
-Colors
negative:-CA
-Slow AF
-Small zoom ring
comment:Another great lens for the price. Although you're not getting nearly the quality of a 70-200 2.8, you really do get amazing quality for the price. I do notice a lot of CA when shooting wide open, but that can be corrected in Lightroom easily. Not the fastest AF, but it gets the job done. Great lens if you're on a budget.
reviewer#11770 date: Apr-15-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f3.5, Sigma 70-200 f2.8
price paid:200
positive:Mostly used 70-210 lens..sharp and light weight
negative:No digital equivalent
comment:A must have zoom lens for all alpha mount camera
reviewer#11763 date: Apr-13-2014
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony CZ 24-70 f2.8
Min 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 old
Sony ZA 50mm f1.4 Planar
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 SSM
Minolta 85mm f1.4 GD
Sony ZA 135mm f1.8 Sonnar T
Minolta 200mm f2.8 HS
price paid:225.00 new
positive:Color, Bokeh, Build
I think this lens will last a lifetime
negative:none
comment:I have owned this lens for 25 years and have looked to up grade and few times but have not found a lens worthy yet! yes there are new telephoto G zooms a little sharper but not by much and faster at f2.8 but they can't beat the bokeh and color of this legend. This is great for backyard family gatherings and portraits, my three daughters love what this lens has produced over the years, with our newer camera's ability to handle higher ISO settings this lens has become even better as time goes on. Its by far the best value of telephoto zoom in the market today.
reviewer#11742 date: Mar-22-2014
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Compared to dozens of other lenses I have tried.
price paid:
missing
positive:Bokeh is great.
Colors are great.
Well built.
Does not extend while zooming or focusing.
Cheap! What a great value this lens is.
Easy to find in mint condition.
negative:Nothing serious.
Longer and heavier than a modern lens.
No ADI or modern coatings.
Some purple fringing.
comment:This lens really does deserve its legendary status. With used lens prices dropping more and more in the last few years, you really have no reason not to try this lens. Depending on condition, it can be bought on Ebay for $90-$140.

The Beercan has smooth, dreamy bokeh. It has vivid, warm colors. Nothing in this price range can compete with it. It's like an outdoor portrait lens.

Sharpness is good. It is more than acceptable, just not the Beercans best attribute. Certainly no comparison to high-end glass, but no less sharp than its actual competition.

Can flare in sunlight without the hood. Flare prone? No I wouldn't quite say that. But with bright sunlight in your face, the Beercan will suffer.

Build is classic Minolta metal. Excellent!

Bottom line is you should give this lens a try unless you are a Zeiss snob. I have a large lens collection to choose from, but see no reasaon to sell my Beercan. I enjoy using it every time I get it out of the closet. Some of my favorite photos have come from the Beercan. It is a true representation of classic Minolta build, color, and bokeh. There is a reason so many of these are for sale on Ebay. It is because a great many were manufactured to meet demand! Popular in its day and still popular today, for all the same reasons.

reviewer#11680 date: Feb-5-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SIGMA 70-300 APO 4/5.6
price paid:70 EUROS
positive:The colors...
The AF speed
The noise
The sharpness
The price
Rock solid
negative:I'm still looking for something...
OK, you will need a hood
comment:I'm not a professional but i do a lot of shooting ( pics and video)and i just love this lens. Bought it real cheap as it came along with a 35-70 minolta ( which i already had - but then again a Beercan at that price is a real bargain).
I never managed to get much out of the Sigma and when i did i had to manually adjust just about everything ( it would always over-compensate , the white balance was just never right and the motor failed me as well - got repaired under warranty after almost one year of use).
I was thinking of getting the Tamron USD (which looks good) and then i read the reviews below and got the Minolta.
On my A57, with the beercan, i can shoot about anything leaving everything in auto settings and it's just perfect.
It's just like if those two were made for each other
reviewer#11653 date: Jan-31-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:* Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM II
* Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT SAM II
* Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM
* Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT SAM
* Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (Original)
* Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX-II
price paid:140 AUD (used)
positive:* Tough build quality
* Bokeh
* Sharpens up considerably when stopped down to f/5, however not as sharp as 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 at the same aperture
* Reasonably fast autofocus speed
* Common 55mm filter thread
* Good resale
* Exceptional value at current prices, especially when compared to modern lens
negative:* Soft image quality between f/4-5 and towards narrow 210mm end of focal range
* Screw drive autofocus is very noisy
* Chromatic aberration and purple fringing at all apertures
* Prone to lens flare and loss of contrast when shooting with sun in frame
* Very long minimal focus distance
* Requires at least a little post processing to get the best out of it
comment:I will be comparing the Minolta 70-210mm f/4 against the common Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT SAM II kit lens as many photographers will consider it as one of their first upgrades.

The Sony 55-200mm shows better colour contrast and flare control, especially when shooting with the sun in the frame due to the modern lens coatings. It is also a lot lighter and pocketable. One area where the Sony kit lens fails compared to the Minolta is bokeh and sharpness. The Sony shows one of the harshest and distracting background renditions at different apertures and sharpness is soft even when stepped down.

The Minolta requires at a minimum a lens hood and loses considerable contrast when shooting with the sun in the frame. I recommend either purchasing an additional lens hood or using your hand to block the reflections.

Like many of the other first generation AF lens it suffers from purple fringing however it is towards the extreme end for the first generational Minolta lens and does not disappear even after stopping down. This can easily be which can easily be adjusted in post processing.

The Minolta focuses faster the the 55-200mm, although a lot noisier due to screw drive - mind sounds like a meat grinder and the noise can be startling after using a silent motor lens. It also focus hunts less than the 55-200mm.

The lens is heavy due to metal construction and I would expect it to continue to last longer than any of the current plastic Sony kit and "Easy Choice" lens range, especially when there are copies that are almost three decades old. The minimum focal distance is quite long which makes better to use outdoors.

The Minolta has average sharpness at wide open apertures, however it sharpens up considerably at f/5-5-6 and it is much sharper than the Sony 55-200mm.

The Bokeh is smooth slightly less than the wide end, around 75mm. There is faint green fringing however overall it just gets silkier all the way to 210mm and is one of the highlights of this lens.

If you can find a mint copy, I would strongly recommend this lens for anyone looking to upgrade their kit lens to one of the best bang for buck lens available for Sony photographers, especially for portraiture.

I feel the positives greatly outweigh the negatives and whereas the 55-200mm kit lens is aimed at casual users and unfortunately built to a price and shows it, this is a step up for hobbyists who want a sharper lens, especially at f/5-f/8 apertures, with wonderful bokeh and are prepared to spend a few minutes post processing afterwards.
reviewer#11652 date: Jan-30-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6
price paid:130 USD (old)
positive:Colors, bulid quality (although is heavy), bokeh, from 70mm to 150mm is very sharp
negative:heavy, slow AF, flare control
comment:Highly recommended lens, if you have money go and buy 80-200f2.8 but for about 130 usd this is exellent lens. Build like tenk, heavy and slow but beautiful colors and sharp. Must be honest with you, much better results on FF
reviewer#11547 date: Dec-17-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony 55-200
price paid:$112
positive:Build quality, metal throughout, feels like it would last forever, relatively quick to autofocus, colors very good, bokeh good
negative:heavy,purple fringing, loud focus
comment:Don't buy this lens for the optics, but rather for the feeling you get when holding and using this lens. It takes you back to a time (at least for me) when things were a lot simpler, were made to last and quality was an integral part of photo equipment. This lens is pleasurable to use and reminds me of my early days in photography when I began to 'see' things through the lens that were not visible otherwise.. The photos I've taken are not the sharpest but with every snap I'm rewarded with a glimpse of the past....
UPDATE :: Feb 2014
Sold the beercan after buying a Tamron 70-300 USD for a good price. Overall, the Tammy has better optics IMHO.
Could'nt justify keeping both lenses.
New owner seems very happy with the beercan...

reviewer#11541 date: Dec-13-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70 200 l cannon
price paid:149
positive:its a great piece of glass that is much better than i could have ever hoped for. i think we under appreciate this gift we have in Sony A mount i put it right on my a77 and it focus so quickly as long as you not to close then it just a micro sec lol . Its but like a tank , it made no sense to me to use new when this is just as good if not better , and unlike canon the body has the i.s. so the glass still get to use this gen tech , go to love it. 150 f4 not 900
negative:the weight , but i dont mind as it will be around longer then i will lol
comment:i love this lens
reviewer#11450 date: Nov-7-2013
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 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 100-300 3,5-5,6, Tokina 80-200 SD 2.8, MAF 75-300 prime, MAF 100-300 APO
price paid:ex.130 EUR (used)
positive:Very usefeul lens, very sharp, create great pictures, great Macro (scale 1:4), Stable f.4.0, Can work with converters (1.4x), Great classic lens, quite long range, Prime, Good price, many examples on the market, not very expensive. Well metal build.
negative:A bit heavy, None others.
comment:Very usefeul lens, create great pictures,gives wonderful bokeh, good sharp Macro (scale 1:4), Stable f.4.0, Can work with converters (1.4x). Everyone should have it in a bag, budget lens.
reviewer#11329 date: Sep-4-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 f2.8
Another beercan
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:- Smooth bokeh
- Good colors
- f4 all the way
- Pretty sharp
- Range
- Build quality
negative:- MFD
- CA
comment:I own a limited copy with the clear plastic so the mechanism inside can be seen. This version suffers from CA compared to my friends "ordinary" beercan which shows less CA then my copy. Nothing that can't be fixed in PP, but they do differ. Besides that, it is a great lens, some say it's heavy, but that gives me the feeling that I'm shooting with really fine peace of equipment. I've shot some really nice portraits with this lens, the bokeh is really good. It's a great value for money.
reviewer#11193 date: Jun-14-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200 Di-II XR
Minolta 35-105 N
price paid:90USD
positive:solid has a rock
great color
negative:heavy
comment:
missing
reviewer#11142 date: May-25-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:75-300 (Big Beercan)
35-105
price paid:125 GBP
positive:Sharp, good colors
negative:Heavy, MFD
comment:I have had some mixed results with this lens. Some of the shots have been very sharp but some have not. I would blame it on auto focus and sometime you don't realize that MFD is a limitation. With center crossed focus it works effectively but not with other focus points.
reviewer#11137 date: May-24-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD
Sony DT 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 SAM
price paid:€ 100
positive:- Solid
- Very nice bokeh
- Makes great photos
- Nice colours
- Constant f/4
- Very limited distortion
negative:- CA: lots of CA it at f/4, and it does not go away completely when you stop down.
- Heavy compared to today's lenses
comment:My copy looks like it has been used in a warzone. Scratches on the body (not the glass!) and a damaged distance indicator window. Does not matter, because it was not in mint condition, it was cheap to buy on ebay. The optics are completely ok and it makes really great pictures. Use it a lot in low-light situations and there the constant f/4 really pays off.
reviewer#11134 date: May-21-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 f/4
price paid:156 (used)
positive:Top notch build quality.
Nice colour rendering, good contrast.
Pleasant out of focus area.
negative:Screw drive AF is slow
comment:
missing
reviewer#11131 date: May-20-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 50 f1.7
Sony DT 18-55 f3.5-5.6
price paid:80 USD Used
positive:Price
Build
Smooth Bokeh
Very Sharp
Constant f4
negative:Weight
comment:What almost all of the other reviews have said are echoed in my review. The lens is super sharp, has great Minolta colors, and a tank like build quality. Comparing it to the Sony kit lens at f3.5 wasn't even fair. The Beercan excels in every area. For 4 times the price it would still be a very good lens. When it comes to the weight as a negative, my a57 makes my shaky pictures look as though they were tripod mounted.
reviewer#11128 date: May-20-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7
Kalimar MC AF Macro 60-300 F4-5.6
Tamron LD XR DiII (IF) AF 18-200 F/3.5-6.3 A14
price paid:125 USD
positive:Legendary Beercan!
Sharp as can be.
fast zoon
great bokeh
superb color
I like the size and weight
Reminds me of shooting bull barreled sharp and accurate!
negative:I wish it was a 2.8
comment:I have used this for everything from birds in flight to portraits and it has excelled everytime. This was the 3rd non kit lens and I really wish it would have been the first, I may not have bought the Tamron!
reviewer#11092 date: May-3-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:2,1000,000IDR/200USD
positive:Very sharp
constant f4 at all range
built like a tank
negative:Relatively slow AF performance
prone to CA at f4
comment:My first telephoto zoom lens. Quite satisfied with this baby...though sometimes very hard to control CA at daylight, especially when using maximum aperture. Slow autofocus performance when shooting in lowlight conditions, not really a problem right now.
reviewer#11069 date: Apr-25-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 35-105
Min 100-200
Min 100-300 xi
price paid:100 USD
positive:Minolta colors
Build quality
fast & accurate AF
range
bokeh
negative:CA
weight
comment:I just recently picked up this legendary lens at my local shop. I did some test shots and went home to see the results. I saw what everyone has been talking about, regarding this lens' qualities. If I had purchased this lens 5 years ago, I would probably only have a 2 lens kit ( the 70-210 beercan and the beercan 28-85). This is an amazing lens. The colors ARE outstanding and it exhibits something special that is impossible to describe. The bokeh is very pleasing and wow, does it AF fast on my A700. It is heavy, but it is expected. The CA is there, but easy to correct in PP. It is a good range, and surprisingly it worked well with a friends 2x adaptor.
reviewer#11065 date: Apr-24-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-300 usd
Minolta 70-210 4.5-5.6
price paid:125 usd (used)
positive:Contrast and Saturation
Constant F4
Sharp
Bokeh
negative:CA
Heavy
comment:This lens had been collecting some dust since I purchased the Tamron 70-300, and I was considering selling it. Decided to try it out 1 more time, shooting my son's little league game. Well, I won't be selling it.

The lens has absolutely incredible contrast and saturation. Needs far less Lightroom adjustments than my other lenses. The main required adjustment is a basic lens profile correction, as there is a fair amount of distortion and some vignetting. Occasionally, CA adjustments needed.

This lens is center sharp, even wide open. Achieves smooth bokeh.

The extra F-stop over most zoom lenses is quite helpful. The Tamron is a great lens, no question. I've also used it to shoot Little League games... But to get super-fast shutter speeds, even in bright sunlight... I need ISO of 1000-1600, as opposed to 400-800 on the beercan. With a Sony SLT, this was the line between noise and noise-free.

The lens is heavy. It's about the same size and weight as the Tamron 70-300, with 90mm less reach. So I'm keeping both lenses. Though I was impressed at how quickly this lens focused in sports situations, at least as fast as the Tamron. (Of course, the Tamron is internal focusing, while the Minolta relies exclusively on the camera)

The biggest complaint is that you can get a good amount of CA. Though as long as you watch for it, it's an easy correcting in post-processing.

Considering you can get a quality copy of this lens for under $150, and a 70-200 2.8 runs over $1500 and is twice the size... This lens is a no-brainer unless you absolutely need the extra F-stop.
reviewer#11063 date: Apr-23-2013
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200 4.5
Minolta 70-300 New
price paid:87 pund
positive:Colours & contrasts
Sharpness
Macro & focus distance
Bokeh
f4
negative:CA
Size
comment:Finally grabbed a mint condition of this famous lens. The size always scared me off, therefore I kept a 100-200. CA seems to be worse on this beercan compared to my 100-200, but the focus distance and macro capibilities are really excellent making this lens much more useful, and give great bokeh easily. Sharpness seems to be the same, that is plenty sharp wide open already, at all focal lengths including 210. The lens is long but it's still rather light, so I don't think I will be too bothered. Highly recommended, also over the 100-200 although I loved that one!
reviewer#10944 date: Feb-26-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:150 usd (used)
positive:Sharp, Colors, Build quality,f4, bokeh
negative:CA, not that sharp at 210
comment:Nice lense,for me only negatives is CA and little less sharpness at 210.Anyway its very nice lense i enjoying using it.it has nice colors and bokeh too.
reviewer#10903 date: Feb-3-2013
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:N/A
price paid:
missing
positive:Build Quality
Minolta Colors
Bokeh is pleasing
Sharp
Affordable
Internal Zoom
Constant F4
negative:Nothing considering the value, build and quality of images you can get from this lens.
comment:I wish I still had this lens. I had a mint copy. If you can find one at a good price...get it!

This lens is heavy, however it's a labor or love to use. It lives up to all of the well deserved hype.
reviewer#10868 date: Jan-23-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90 mm F2.8 Macro
price paid:80 €
positive:Build quality
Price
IQ at 70mm
negative:Bad flare control
Low contrast and sharpness at 210mm
comment:Few of my best photos are taken with the Beercan and have some kind of magic in it :) I can easily recommend it as portrait lens. My copy is however missing contrast and sharpness at 210mm needed for landscape photography.
reviewer#10772 date: Dec-10-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:55-200 SAM
Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
Minolta 85mm F1.4
price paid:
missing
positive:Bokeh
Minolta Color
Build-Quality
Constant F4
negative:Prone to flare
Diffraction from F11
Big and heavy
comment:This is a very good lens, but the hype is out-of-proportion to the reality. I would say that this is, absolutely, the best consumer telezoom of the 1980s, and when used well (with the hood, a good multicoated filter and careful control of bright light sources.

When properly used, however, the results are incredible (as they should be with any quality lens). Color and bokeh are beautiful, far nicer than the sony SAM 55-200. The best feature for my use is the constant F4 aperture. Anything faster (F2.8) will be much larger, heavier and more expensive. Anything smaller and lighter will also be at least a stop slower at the long end. Most importantly, unless you spend some real money and get something like the 70-300G SSM, you may equal the Beercan's quality, but you won't exceed it.

I really like this lens, but don't use it very often, which is more a reflection of the 85mm F1.4 than of any limitation or shortcoming of the beercan.
reviewer#10769 date: Dec-10-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:150.00
positive:Sharp sharp SHARP! Excellent bokeh, lush beautiful Minolta colors, fast snappy AF, built like a brick you-know-what!
negative:A little heavy but bearable
comment:Right from the start this lens impressed the hell outta me. I'd always heard that this was one of Minolta's great "legacy lenses", and being a Minolta-phile from waaaay back in the Dark Ages of film, I snapped one up and boy, I could'nt be more pleased. Built like a tank, this baby can take a real beating out in the field and still deliver the goods. It's macro feature is terrific with sharply detailed pictures that rival my Tamron SP 90 for performance. The colors are gorgeous and the AF is pretty damned snappy for a lens that's been out of commission for more than 25 years,not to mention the constant F/4 aperture....simply put, this is indeed a legacy lens that lives up to it's reputation!
reviewer#10754 date: Dec-4-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:- IQ
- sharpness
- bokeh
- constant f4
- minolta colors
- solid built
negative:nothing for this price
comment:I'm so happy with this lens that I decided to write my first lens review.
I bought this lens on ebay for only 100$ and it seems that I got an uber sharp copy, even at wide aperture.
Fast and accurate AF with the A77. Some fringing though but easily removable in PP.
Nice for macro and portrait too. Colors and bokeh are awesome.
reviewer#10696 date: Nov-13-2012
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 55-200 4-5.6 SAM
price paid:60 GBP (used)
positive:Build quality
Constant aperture
negative:
missing
comment:I bought this just to compare it with my existing 55-200. I read many good reviews about "beercan", so, decided to get one for me too.

Comparing to 55-200, basically, image quality is not far away, both are cheap and give very similar- cheap looking results.

One good point about beercan is constant aperture- in darker, cloudy day, it's very useful, that at 210mm it still has f/4 instead of f/5.6, difference is pritty visible- I can take much lower ISO setting, and for my old A290 it's very important. I could shot some birds in very shadowed areas, where I couldn't do anything with my 55-200 anymore.

Extra 10mm are also sometimes extra, it's better than lack of 20mm in short end, it's telephoto, not wide angle.

Overally, it's good lens and if you don't have any telephoto, it's worth to buy this. Solid build gives very nice feel when holding, also it looks more expensive than it is.


reviewer#10692 date: Nov-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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 75-300 New
Minolta 75-300 Big Beercan
Many other lenses of similar range/
price paid:53GBP used
positive:Sharpness
Colour
Build
Bokeh
negative:Heavy
Needs hood to combat flare
comment:At last, a copy of this lens worthy of its reputation.

Super sharp above f5.6 and gorgeous colours.

Well worth the price - quality optics
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 374
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.57
  • flare control: 3.99
  • overall: 4.53

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