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

reviewer#9979 date: Feb-28-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
KM 75-300 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 35-70f4 @70mm
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5 @70
price paid:
Build quality feels good
Colors are about the same as beercan era lenses
negative:Poor Sharpness
comment:This is a Toyo Five Star lens that looks exactly like the lens pictured down to the the printing on the barrel. Update - This is an f4.5-32 lens. The price paid is not listed since the lens was thrown in when I bought a Maxxum 50f1.7 from a private party. The lens was tested at 75mm and 200 using an a580 at ISO200 using a still life set-up. Centers and edges were cropped from 4912x3264 to 493x329 (1% crop) and compared.

Center compares:
@75mm - I compared to the four other lenses listed (at 70mm).
- f4.5 (wide open) the Toyo's image is slightly sharper than the 28-85 and 75-300, much less sharp than the 35-70 and beercan (70-210), both at f4 (wide open, just to be fair).
- f5.6 the Toyo's image is about as sharp as the 28-85 and 75-300, the 35-70 is excellent and the beercan is not far behind.
- f8 the Toyo's image is once again slightly sharper than the 28-85 and 75-300, much less sharp than the 35-70 (sharpest) and 70-210 which are again both excellent.
- f11 the Toyo's image is nearly equal to the Beercan, only the 35-70 is sharper. The 75-300 is less sharp, followed by the 28-85.

@200mm I compared to the Beercan and the KM75-300:
- f4.5 the Toyo's image is much softer than the beercan @f4
- f5.6 the Toyo's image is still much softer than the Beercan. The 75-300 is nearly equal to the beercan.
- f8 the Toyo image is still softer, the beercan is nearly sharp, and the 75-300 is sharpest by a touch.
- f11 The Toyo image is softer than the f8 image. The beercan is also softer, but the 75-300 is very sharp.

Edge performance the same ranking as centers, the Toyo is slightly softer at the edge than the center at 4.5 and 5.6, but only slightly.

Conclusion - @75mm f11 yields some nice sharpness, but @200mm f11 gets a bit too soft. f8 is better. Colors in this test were very similar to the beercan era lenses, and better than those seen when testing the 18-55 and 18-70 kit lenses. CA seemed well controlled throughout in this limited test, and much better than the KM 75-300 @300mm. Flare not tested. For a budget lens, one that was thrown in when I bought an old Maxxum kit for the 50f1.7, you can't go wrong.

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
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