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

reviewer#3296 date: Feb-20-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28/2.8
50/1.7
100/2.8 macro
400/5.6 Tokina
price paid:350 quid
positive:Fast
Sharp
Colour
ALMOST everything about it
negative:Hood in retracted position
Focus ring cover
comment:I have given this a testing in testing conditions and it is just an outstanding lens. Only one I have come across that rivals the macro for sharpness.
The results are such that I will have no qualms about using a 1.4X TC on it ( if I can get one ) and it will fill a prime gap.
An additional bonus is that it is easily hand-holdable and given its speed one does not have to worry too much about shutter speed ( within reason ) all of which really suits my style of shooting.
If I have to have a quibble it is that the hood in the retracted position is not securable and wobbles about a bit but the answer is to leave it extended ( except of course with a CPL on ). A further very, very minor quibble is that the focus ring cover is a touch flimsy. Neither are material enough to give it a mark down though.

Did I say it was an exceptional lens ?

Have subsequently added a 1.4X TC and any detrimental effects are absolutely minimal - a very useful addition which gives TWO great lenses so get one if you can.

( PS - the "white" is a matter of taste - makes you look professional ;-) )

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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