Magnicon 75-200mm F4.5 AF zoom A-mount lens review by transiently
|transiently#45751 date: Aug-29-2021|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||When I have time one day I will compare it to my Minoltas. My sense is that its optics are much nearer to those of good Minoltas than I would have predicted.|
|price paid:||effectively free|
|positive:||Optics seem decently good based on a couple of test shots. It is physically solid, with metal build and has a beautifully smooth feel to the zoom control. The way the cams engage make it feel quite expensive, even if it never was!|
|negative:||Mine seems to have a mechanical incompatibility with my A37 camera. It mounts normally but the AF spindle doesn't seem to engage successfully with the camera's drive, and makes a nasty grinding/grating sound when mounted, unless camera is switched to MF. The lens itself looks perfectly normal and undamaged, so I think this may be a mechanical incompatibility rather than a faulty lens.|
|comment:||This is not yet a proper review, more a warning that this lens may be mechanically incompatible with modern cameras when mounted with the camera set to AF.|
My lens is branded Soligor and came effectively free with other equipment I wanted and I posted here to warn others that I think it could wreck a modern camera, so bad was the noise it made when mounted to my Sony A37.
I think these were made for the original 1985 Minolta AF cameras.