Minolta AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11449 date: Nov-7-2013
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 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:SAL 500 f.8.0, MAF 100-300 3,5-5,6, MAF 70-210 4.0,
price paid:ex.160 EUR (used)
positive:Well metal build. Quite long range zoom. Much better taht its further plastic brothers, rarely.
negative: Very heavy, too expensive in comparison to its strength. None other.
comment:Too heavy for me (aviation photography), I prefer SAL 500 f.8.0
reviewer#11321 date: Aug-27-2013
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:Minolta 100-300mm F4.5-5.6
Sigma 100-300mm EX DG IF APO F4
price paid:200 AUD (Used)
positive:Sharp for this type of lens and of 80's era design when compared to today's lenses.
Good flare control and first rate build quality.
negative:Sluggish focusing when compared to a more modern lens.
comment:I was lucky enough to pick one up in immaculate condition. Everything works as it should. Naturally, auto focusing is both a little sluggish and noisy, which is to be expected for a lens of this age, but for portraiture and general people shooting, it does the job just fine.

It will hunt a little in low light but again, nothing surprising in that it quickly reaches F5.6 as it's max aperture, although it can focus with a high degree of accuracy with sufficient light levels. Manual focusing is possible but the focus ring is very narrow, being less than 1 cm in width, which really points to it being designed for auto focus use throughout it's life. That said, slow moving or static subjects are its meat and drink. Fast movers such as sports and action subjects will be harder to manage with this lens as it wasn't particularly designed for that type of use. That's not to say that it can't be used for that type of photography, but it will be much harder to obtain satisfactory results.

IQ wise, it is quite excellent if handled with enough care and generous amounts of leeway with shutter speed and higher ISO values. I obtained a very high percentage of keepers with this lens. It does suffer for moderate purple fringing, but that's no issue with today's Post Processing software. Bokeh I found to be quite smooth and most pleasing even if not the most diffusing type of bokeh, it still performed exceptionally well. I can't say I noticed any distortion, which is not to say that there wasn't any but it is not that surprising considering it's telephoto zoom, I would expect much stronger distortion on a shorter focal length zoom such as with a wide to normal zoom.

Flare control was more than reasonable, with some improvement when using the hood. Even so, I didn't get much in the way of flare or ghosting when shooting back lit subjects. Colour rendition on this lens is superb with the authentic Minolta colours associated with these metal bodied beercan series of lenses, something to do with the way they made the glass back in the 1980's. Talking of the body, it has a tank like construction and not at all compact, all metal, no plastic - most excellent and reassuringly heavy. Possibly a disadvantage to some people who might prefer a lighter weight and more compact lens, in which case the newer 75-300mm plastic bodied variant might be the answer or the Minolta 100-300mm might better suit for its compactness compared to this lens. However, for durability and quality of feel, fit and finish, this lens is better made than most lenses made today.

Where this lens scores well for the money, is the sharpness, the colour rendition and build. I would rate this lens higher than the Minolta 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 in all areas, but a little below the Sigma 100-300mm F4 in focusing speed, sharpness, bokeh and CA, but ahead of the Sigma in terms of colour and build. That said, this lens cost 4 to 5 times less than the Sigma. For the money, this lens is highly recommended.
reviewer#11162 date: May-31-2013
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 100-300 4,5-5,6; MAF 75-300 newer more plastic versions
price paid:180 EUR (used)
positive:Big Beercan good brother of Beercan, all metal build,
negative:very heavy, rare
comment:Long range metal zoom prime version was very heavy, mine was not enough sharp, I have changed it to MAF 100-300 4,5-5,6 which is more sharp and useful and much much lighter.
reviewer#10966 date: Mar-8-2013
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan 70-210
Tamron 70-300 USD
Minolta - 75-300 F4.5-5.6 New
price paid:€200
positive:Minolta Colours
Price
Focal Range
Focus Limiter
Good Bokeh
negative:Heavy
Loud
Bad flare Control en CA
comment:This was one of the first lenses I ownded and used it on a Sony A55. A bit big and heavy for this camera.

Decent focus speed, strong build en beautiful colors. Produced better pictures than the New version, but was significantly slower in AF. Performed a bit better than the Beercan but for me personally theres a better focal range on the Big Beercan.

In hindsight and for a bit extra money I'd go for the Tamron USD, but you should be willing to settle for less depth of colour en no focus limiter.
reviewer#10849 date: Jan-13-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4
Minolta 75-300 *New*
Tamron 200-400 LD
price paid:135 USD
positive:Great focus speed
Sharp
Focus limiter
negative:Bulk
comment:Amazing Lens. This has become my best lens in a matter of 10 minutes. Focus is amazingly fast. Does not hunt at all. May have minor CA on odd surfaces with particular sun angles. However, this lens has removed nearly every use I had for a pristine new in box Beercan other than taking outdoor portraits or anything else that will benefit from that wonderful bokeh. Above 280mm, gets a bit soft. Throughout the rest of the range it is completely sharp.

As loathe as I am to say it, this is a much better choice than a Beercan, if you can find it. If you can find a Big Beercan for ~$200 USD, get it. There will not be a better performer for under $350. And if you have the choice between a Big Beercan an a Beercan, get the Big Beercan. Overwhelmingly pleased with this lens.
reviewer#10559 date: Oct-4-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-300mm USD
price paid:
missing
positive:one of the better budget 300m zooms
AF limiter
Pleasant image
negative:Quite bulky (long)
Some CA
comment:This is one of the better budget 300mm zooms, while it's not as good as the Tamron USD the gap isn't huge, the big beercan is only held back by worse CA control and a slight glow to it's images (when pixel peeping), which is to be expected as many lenses of it's generation have those issues compared with modern lenses.

In the big beercan's favour is the classic minolta colours, exceptional build quality and a AF limiter.

One gripe I do have is this lens is quite long making it awkward to pack in smaller bags.

PS don't be put off by my sharpness rating of 3.5, I've rated the tamron at 4 so I have to rate it lower (only primes have ever got 5s from me)
reviewer#10362 date: Jul-6-2012
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 70-300mm USD
Minolta Maxxum 70-210mm f/4
Minolta 135mm f/2.8 AF
Tamrom 90mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1
price paid:$50 at Craigslist
positive:sharp
good bokeh
built quality
reliable
AF speed
inexpensive
AF limiter
infinity limiter
negative:Purple Fringing - very bad
heavy.
comment:As inexpensive telephoto zoom lens - it is good find.
This lens is heavy-built like a tank. AF is fast on FF A850.
Bokeh is good - as BC lens. Sharpness is good up to 250mm, detail becomes little softer at 300mm.
Minimal focus - very good.
Only issue that seriously drove me crazy - Purple Fringing. I couldn't use this lens in contrasty conditions because of PF.
reviewer#10351 date: Jul-3-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:
missing
price paid:75 GBP (Used)
positive:Sharp
Focus limiter
Fast focus
negative:Weight (Too heavy)
No tripod mount
comment:
missing
reviewer#10344 date: Jul-1-2012
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:Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 50 F1.7
Sony DT 18-55mm
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Sharp when stopped down
Awesome build quality
Focus limiter is nice
Smooth bokeh
negative:Heavy! Doesn't balance well on smaller bodies
A little soft wide open but still usable
CA's can be prevalent
comment:I bought this lens to compare specifically with my copy of the 70-210 F4 beercan. I was very pleased with the beercan, but I often found myself wishing for a bit more reach. I decided to buy the big beercan and whichever one I liked more I would keep. The big beercan gives me images as good as the beercan in just about every regard. While the constant F4 aperture of the beercan is nice, I found that I took most of my pictures outside in direct sunlight so it really wasn't necessary. The extra reach of the big beercan outweighs the benefit of the constant aperture of the beercan for me. The focus is quick enough and the build quality is spectacular. CA can be an issue in some instances but for the most part it's usually not noticable, maybe a little better control than the beercan. Just be aware that this lens is heavy and can be a pain to lug around all day. If you already have the beercan, it's really not all that much bigger/heavier so you'd probably be used to it anyways. Overall a very highly reccommended lens.
reviewer#10263 date: Jun-5-2012
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:75-300 D
75-300 New
price paid:187 USD (used)
positive:build
IQ
negative:heavy
a bit noisy
comment:This is a lovely lens. IQ wise it is almost similar to the 75-300 New version, but this is a tad sharper and looks slightly more saturated. It is built much much better than the other two 750-300s. It is a bit heavy, but given the IQ I would not mind even if its twice as heavy :-)
reviewer#9889 date: Feb-5-2012
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F4
Minolta 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO.
Tamron 200-400 5.6
Minolta 80-200 2.8 APO
price paid:1200 SEK = 136€
positive:Sharp and good colors.
negative:Heavy. not perfect flare control. Noisy. Zoom creep. Good but not perfect sharpness
comment:Very sharp when stopped down to at least 7.1 at 300mm. Good for birding, Sometimes the autofocus is noisy. In bad light it might hunt. Sharp. Very nice colors. I bought a new copy of this lens after the helicoil of the first broke. Same sharpness between the two copies.
At 75-250 mm it is sharp full open.
At 250-300 mm it needs some stopping down to get fully sharp.
After stopping down to f:7.1 it is sharp in the center. The 100-300 APO has the same sharpness at f:5.6
Much sharper than Tamron 200-400.
Less prone to flare than the Tamron. Very little distortion. No vignetting on APS-C sensor.
reviewer#9630 date: Nov-26-2011
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 70 - 210 f4
Sony 18 -250
price paid:130 CHF
positive:Build
Heft
Price
Minolta colours
negative:Can be tricky with focus
comment:I think I got a bargain, I love this lens but have not tried it too much outside yet, but cant wait to take it to the park and do some european snow shots with it. Have waited a long to find a copy and cannot be more pleased with it. The 70 - 210 is a slightly better portrait lens in my opinion.
reviewer#9186 date: Jun-28-2011
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 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:250 euro
positive:Build like a tank
Sharpness, very sharp in this range, sharpness is excellent
Range
Good, smooth Bokeh
focus limiter
Macro ability
Nice minolta glass colours
Very good contrast
negative:Discontinued .
Better to use a third party extend-able rubber lens hood to avoid any flare.
comment:This has been an interesting and rewarding purchase.
This is the lens that should have always had the reputation that was attributed to the Beercan.
It is simply brilliant.
It is sharp,very sharp with magical colours & bokeh, snappy focusing and fast for a 300mm lens.
It is finally getting to that stage.
It is simply better .

It ‘s as sharp as the beercan, and even the minolta D , With flash at f9 - 16 astonishingly sharp for portraits at 150-300mm (looks like macro) .
This is a truly versatile lens.
While at extremes of range it can be soft if not stopped down a little, it matches the Beercan within the Beercan's "sweet spot" range and allows extra length if needed .
I like this lens a lot, I bought it to compare with an the 70-210 f/4 and my tests indicate that this lens is sharper than the 70-210 Beercan and the contrast seems better.
But your results may be different.
The focus limiter switch is another benefit that the 70-210 lacks.
So the focus limiter allows a faster AF than the beercan.
Great lens. Sturdy. Very nice bokeh, very good sharpness, suberb color rendition.
So this "big beercan" : It does not disapoint !
I am happy to found out a specimen of this lens in mint optical condition.
If you can find one go for it, JUST BUY IT !

reviewer#8998 date: May-8-2011
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 75-300 New
price paid:110 GBP
positive:Sharp, even at 300
Minolta colours
Focus limiter
55 dia filters
Build
negative:Weight
Minimum focussing distance
comment:Better bokeh than 75-300 New. Otherwise similar sharpness and colour rendition.
reviewer#8990 date: May-3-2011
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 70400
price paid:140 EUR
positive:+sharp up to 250mm
+creamy bokeh
+build
negative:-soft from 250mm to 300mm
-CA
comment:It is easy to fall in love with this lens. I like to hold the camera by the lens, which works nicely. Try this with a 70400 if you dare. The colors are fantastic. If you don´t know Minolta colors use this lens to find out. It will make your pictures shine even on a dull day. Sharpness is good up until 250mm. Beyond it you get a soft focus lens for free (see flower picture in forum sample images - it compares 250mm f5.6 to 300mm f5.6). Bokeh is very creamy especially for a zoom lens. There is some CA, though as it is not an APO lens.
reviewer#8799 date: Mar-17-2011
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 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 200mm F2.8 HS
price paid:
missing
positive:True minolta colors
Sharpness
Smooth Bokeh
Build quality
negative:Don't mind the weight
Sharpness till 250mm good
Above becomes little soft
comment:At 200 mm in the center as (almost) sharp as the Minolta 200 HS
Only the corners are softer.

This is a true value for the little amount of money you pay for these days.
Weight is no problem
reviewer#8450 date: Dec-25-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta zoom xi 100-300
Minolta AF 70-210 f4.5-5.6 II
Minolta AF 70-210 f4 Beercan
price paid:1.600.000 IDR
positive:MINOLTA COLORS
Sharp!!!
Build like a tank
Bokeh
Focus limiter
negative:Little soft above 200mm
Bad at low light but that is normal
comment:Smooth bokeh and sharp, just like the zoom xi, minus the zoom xi's motorized focus, and that is good.
When you hold it, it is clear that in your hand is the bazooka from the glorious Minolta days. Yes, it is very heavy compared to the zoom xi but that is the "Feel" that I am looking for. Nice bokeh for a lens, neat for a telephoto.

Oh, and the price is just perfect btw. :P

For that, I am crazy enough to use this as my walkaround lens. =))
reviewer#8248 date: Nov-13-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:
missing
price paid:170 Euro (used)
positive:beautiful colors
beautiful bokeh!
no CA's
negative:Sharp aperture f8
Sharp up to 200mm
Soft at long end
slow Auto Focus
plastic hood
comment:From 70-200 focal length this lens produces outstanding crisp images with a wonderful bokeh, beautiful colors. Focal length from 200mm upwards, however the images are soft. The slow autofocus is not very helpful, especially in animal photography. It may be natural that only mine from 200mm is not good. For others it may be different.
reviewer#8028 date: Sep-28-2010
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:Min 100-300 APO D; Min 70-210 BC
price paid:169 USD used
positive:Good range, well-built.
negative:Need to stop down to f/8 to be tack sharp.
comment:I tested for sharpness as follows: took a complete set of pictures with a tripod at all focal lengths and apertures and looked at an area 100% on screen one-third in from left and bottom edges.

Compared to the beer can, this big beer can is not quite as sharp wide open, though still acceptable, except at the long end, 250-300 mm. By "acceptable" I mean only some very slight softness at 100%; I could still read the fine print in my images. Pictures were tack sharp by f/8 at all focal lengths from 75-210 mm, except 135 mm, which was tack sharp by f/6.3.

At 250 and above, my copy of this lens is not usable wide open, and shows a severe color shift as well as very soft images. The 100-300 APO is better at this end with both color and wide-open sharpness. At 250 mm, I had to stop down to f/11 to make it tack sharp, but by 300 mm this was back to f/8.

In sum: from 75-200, usable wide open, better one stop down, and tack sharp by f/8; 250-300, not usable wide open, stop down to at least f/8 for good results.
reviewer#7919 date: Sep-1-2010
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:Konica Minolta 75-300mm F3.5-5.6
Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO
price paid:200 USD(used)
positive:Sharp, nice colour for the price paid. Solid body, built like a tank. Smooth bokeh.
negative:Heavy, lenght, the lens hood can' be remove or clip on while front cap is on its place.
comment:I got this lens from ebay in reasonable price ($200 USD).It is very sharp when the aperture is above F5.3. A bit soft on the edges when the aperture is wide open (depends on the sunlight). Nevertheless the lens is great for the price I paid. The solid metal body is built like a tank (could be used as a self protection weapon I suppose). Smooth bokeh even better than its succesor. I am definitely pleased with my copy (like new no signs of use at all!!)
reviewer#7879 date: Aug-27-2010
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:70-210f4 beercan, 100-400 f3.5-6.7.

NIKON 70-300 VR + D700.
price paid:185 USD
positive:Sharp and cheep performance.
negative:heavy and big
comment:This is my "beercan" on my A900, as beeing used to the 70-210 on APS-C cameras this gives more range on FF. I am very satisfied with this lens, and this is the 2nd I have. The other with very much lower number was not as sharp. Compared to the NIKON combination it is sharper all over specially wide open and at 300mm on my A900.

These are more seldom these days and the SONY 70-300 is better in all aspects, but 3-4 times more expensive.

If you are on a budget this is a nice cheep lens.
reviewer#7742 date: Jul-27-2010
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:Beercan
Mini Beercan
Minolta 35-105
price paid:210 USD (Used)
positive:Very sharp
Focus Limiter allows for fast focus - very useful feature
High IQ
Beautiful Color
Smooth Bokeh
Value for price
negative:Rotating filter ring
comment:Definitely sharper than my "Beercan", however not as useful in low light. You won't find a better lens for twice the price you pay for this.
reviewer#7697 date: Jul-17-2010
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:Sigma 75-300 APO
Minolta 70-210 Beercan
price paid:200 USD (used)
positive:
missing
negative:Very soft above 200 mm
comment:Can't elaborate much on the other reviews for positves and negatives, just want to get my numbers into the overall average.

This lens is sharper AT OR BELOW 200 mm than the Sigma and Beercan. My particular copy is VERY soft above 200 mm, and worst at f8, better at f22 or f5.6 (kind of a surprise). The sigma would be a better lens to use above 200 mm, and this lens below 200mm.

Having said that, the images are still usable above 200, just don't try to crop them...
reviewer#7653 date: Jul-2-2010
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:bc
tamron 70-200 2.8
sony 55-200
price paid:$230
positive:build
focus limiter
color
bokeh
range
negative:weight
ca


comment:Exactley what I expected. Thought about the APO but liked this range starting at 75. Found a mint copy at a decent price and went for it. Great color and bokeh and sharp enough esp stopped down a little. Would have loved the G, but for its price this is a nice pick up. You know what you are getting with this old minolta glass. Lasted this long should last a while longer.
reviewer#7492 date: May-26-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:70-210 F/3.5 - F/4.5
beercan
75-300 'new'
price paid:85 euro
positive:Sharp stopped down.
Build quality.
Range.
negative:Weight.
Really prone to flare.
comment:Another classic from Minolta. Very sexy looking but weighing half a ton. Sharpness is ok wide open but only gets real good above F/8 which is too heigh for me. With this kind of zoom range the shutter times will be unusable. IQ is very good with a nice smooth bokeh making the subjects really pop out.
In stead of this gem you might also consider the 75-300 'new' which IQ is as good and is a lot easier to handle.
reviewer#7417 date: May-8-2010
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:Beercan
Sigma 100-300MM F4.5-5.6
price paid:350
positive:Sharp
Bokeh
Build
Focus Limiter
negative:Heavy
comment:I bought this in "Mint" Condition, Hood was wrapped in original wrapper. Women I bought it from said she thought it was "unused" Her husband had owned a camera shop and had come down ill. Sounded unlikely until I received the lens. looked Brand New. The gold foil sticker on lens had no fading what so ever. I bought a new Sigma 18-50MM F2.8 and the foil sticker faded from touching after just a couple of uses!!! I had an original beercan lens but I found this lens to be superior in EVERY way. I am simply amazed by it's performance. And after I learned how to use the limiter properly I find the AF to be Fast & Accurate. I HIGHLY recommend this lens!!!
reviewer#7198 date: Mar-29-2010
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:18-70 Kit
16-80 CZ
price paid:280 USD (mint)
positive:Beautiful colors
Superb build quality
Focus limiter
negative:Sharp only stopped down
comment:I bought this on e-bay at a quite high price, but the lens came with his case, a filter and was nothing but perfect. I'm very happy with it.

-Sharpness: I can't say that this lens is not sharp, it is if stopped down to f7.1/f8, but the Zeiss is just in another league.
-Colors: beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
-Build: Superb, it makes the CZ looks like a child toy. As a mechanical engineer, I can say that every detail is perfect, a real masterpiece.
-Distortion: with my APS-C sensor, only the central part of the lens is used, so the distortion is very small
-Flare: no major issues.
reviewer#7176 date: Mar-28-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Sony 75-300mm kit lense
Minolta 70-210 beercan
price paid:180 USD
positive:good colours
solid build
smooth focus and zoom
negative:weight
CA
zoom creep
comment:Soild build lense but the old build means CA abounds.

My lense is older so haa a bit of zoom creep. Then again zoom is smooth.

Bit slow.

Weight of this lense dictates using MLU on an A850 even with tripod and remote trigger.
reviewer#7000 date: Mar-5-2010
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 own this lens
compared to:70-210 kitlens
KM 100-300
beercan
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness when stopped down.
Looks and feel.
Smooth zoom
negative:CA
a bit soft wide open
To heavy for the 5D
comment:I got my my beercan and this at the same time and at first this was the sharpest but then i began getting much sharper results from the beercan and this then looked a bit soft wide open. It's still sharp and stopped down to F8 it really delivers but you need some decent light light then. My 5D has trouble coping with weight and when using flash the 1/125 sek really isn't keeping it steady enogh. I'm looking forward to testing it on a hope to see soon a700. Hopefully that'll be a better combination. Still recommended though.
reviewer#6879 date: Feb-6-2010
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 f/4, Tamron 70-300 4,5-5,6 1:2 Macro, Minolta 100-200 f/4,5
price paid:115 Euro
positive:- Sharp, even at 300mm
- Nice colours
- Focus limiter
- Small filter size
negative:- long
- heavy
comment:I bought this lens with some other Minolta stuff on ebay. It is in a really good condition. I took it out for some shots on my Alpha 500 and I am very happy with the results. There are some slight CAs, but the lens is sharp and well built. It is very long, though and it gets longer while zooming. If you also use the hood, you will have the longest lens around. It is also very heavy. But I love it!
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 78
  • sharpness: 4.52
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.90
  • distortion: 4.59
  • flare control: 4.19
  • overall: 4.61

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