Magnicon 75-200mm F4.5 AF zoom A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#45751 date: Aug-29-2021
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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: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.
reviewer#11246 date: Jul-12-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:90 usd
positive:
missing
negative:A bit noisy AF
comment:My lens is branded as Kalimar 75-200mm. And this is exactly this lens.
A very well solid built piece of glass.
Nice warm colors, and good distortion control (I didn't mention any at all).
Though, f/4.5 aperture is not fast enough for dark rooms, and not so sharp.
All in all, a very descent type of Beer Can.
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:
missing
positive:Inexpensive
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.
reviewer#6436 date: Nov-23-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Big beercan.
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 35-105
etc
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact and very well built. Suprisingly good sharpness. Internal zoom. Good af.
negative:Color not as good as the beercan family.
comment:The name of my lens is Ozunon. Got it by accident, as a bonus when I bought a baby beercan. Had no expectations at all and became posetivly suprised - a very nice little zoom. What I like the most is that it is well built and small, a lot less bulky to carry around then my bigg beercan. Sharpness is very decent but colors are not as good as the big beercan.
reviewer#5683 date: Jul-10-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Min 100-200 f4.5
price paid:L30
positive:Almost a beercan
negative:Not quite a beercan
No hood
comment:I had the Rokinon branded version. Cross a beercan with a 100-200f4.5 and you get one of these. It compares quite favourably to the above lenses in all ways. No hood is a downside but screw-in hoods can be used.

They come up on ebay under various guises and usually for very little. A very plausible budget beercan substitute.
reviewer#5324 date: May-1-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Quantaray 135-400mm
Sigma 28-200mm
sony 18-70mm kit lens
Minolta 35-70mm f3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Small and light. fast AF. excellent walkaround lens
negative:Noisy AF
comment:Nice light, sharp lens. My copy is a Promaster. Same lens as pictured with a different brand. The AF is loud but other than that this is a very nice lens. It' a mini-beercan. I have other lenses that cover this range but this my preferred walkaround lens becausse of its size and sharpness.
reviewer#4732 date: Jan-22-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:70-210 F4
price paid:30 EUR
positive:It's just little beercan copy
negative:Nothing really
comment:I had two copies named EXAKTA and BEROFLEX, seen them also as SOLIGOR, KALIMAR so this must be... COSINA.
This is downsized copy of famous beercan - works the same way (has internal zooming), has a 1:4 macro at 200mm from 110 cm distance and can work with TC 1,4x in AF mode thank to constant F4.5. 52 mm filter thread. Aperture has 6 blades only, so when stopped down strong reflexes of light receive hexagonal "rays" around it - if one likes this effect. It's not as sharp as beercan wide open, but stopped down goes really sharp. If one likes to get downsized beercan copy for 1/6 of its price - just look for this lens.

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

http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a2/madecov/Ryka/
reviewer#4021 date: Aug-30-2008
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$40.00
positive:Good bulld
Smaller than the beercan
Bargain forthe money
negative:Noisy Focus mechanism
Slow focusing
comment:Got this lens with a maxxum 7000 and never tried it. but I noticed that it wasnt't recorded here so I did. and was pleasantly surprised. If you run across one of these don't heistate to pick it up.
reviewer#1180 date: Sep-9-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:CA, sharpnes, colour CZJ 135mm
price paid:
missing
positive:I belive it's cheap
Sharpnes OK if you stop down to f6,3 and below
Heavy
Build like a tank
Internal zoom-ing
Constant aperture
negative:Heavy
When AF start to hunt in low light it Hunt
CA visible in heavy contrast until f 8
Heavy
Stoping down for sharpnes
comment:I have a lens from Rokinnon with identical zoom range and aperture and look almost the same. I belive it's the same lens.
http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4858704&size=lg
F6,3/160mm
http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4889262
F6,3/200mm
reviews found: 10   

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

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