Magnicon 75-200mm F4.5 AF zoom A-mount lens review by madecov
|madecov#4140 date: Sep-28-2008|
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|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