Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 APO A-mount lens review by Guy

reviewer#10006 date: Mar-8-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-210/2.8
Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX II HSM
Minolta 70-210/4
price paid:620 EUR
positive:+ Small and light for the focal length
+ Built in hood
negative:- color fringing wide open
comment:I actually expected more from this lens based on the reviews here.
The sharpness wide open is NOT excellent. It is a little better than the 70-200 zooms, but not really by a lot. The lens of course shines from f/3.5-4 onward.
I like it's AF speed and the ability to use a 1.4x TC without much penalty on IQ, AF speed and F stop.
It's also a lot lighter and easier to carry around than a heavy 70-200. If I throw this, 135/2.8 and the 85/2.8 in my bag I'm better off in all regards.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 38
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.82
  • overall: 4.89
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