Magnicon 75-200mm F4.5 AF zoom A-mount lens review by madecov

reviewer#4140 date: Sep-28-2008
sharpness: 3
color: 2
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200f4.5
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
price paid:$20 USD Used
positive:Smaller than Beercan,Good build,constant aperture, good bokeh, ,fairly sharp stopped down, moderate wide open
negative:Slow autofocus,hunts in low light badly. indexing to auto focus drive takes time. Color very muted with low contrast
comment:Mine is labeled Ryka, but it is the same lens, This copy had been sitting in the local camera store for at least a year. But it appears to never have been used. I figured for $20.00 why not, purchased more for the novelty. I didn't need the lens as I have 4 others that cover this focal length.
1st the bad.
This copy has trouble getting the drive motor to index with the lens when first mounted and the camera turned on, the motor spins for a long time and then I turn off the camera and back on and it seems to index. Autofocus is probably the slowest I've ever seen on any lens.
2nd the good.
Fairly sharp at f8.0-11.0, detail in a few test shots was rather impressive. The bokeh looked very nice. Color is very muted and the lens has low contrast.

This lens probably just edges the Minolta 70-210 f4-5.6II in performance optically (sharpness), but color and contrast are soft. It isn't anything to write home about mechanically.

Unlike the lens image in the database mine does not have macro designation on the front ring, but the focus scale window does have a macro "zone" the serial number also begins with a "K" and the fonts are identical on the rest of the markings.

Test photo's to follow in daylight.

Test photo's here
Exif intact, all right from camera

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 3.60
  • color: 3.60
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.20
  • flare control: 3.60
  • overall: 3.94 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania