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

reviewer#4510 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:300/4 APO HS G
70-210/4 beercan
price paid:500€ used
positive:Compact lens
Fast focusing
Pleasing bokeh
Good sharpness from f/2.8
Old style focus limiter
negative:Hood has to be extended to be blocked
White paint may flake off
comment:A lens I always carry with me, and use more than my beercan.

Great combined with the a200 and vertical grip for improved weight balance.
One issue would be that you look very pro, and people around you will notice you (hey, at least they avoid standing in your way!).

Great build, the 4 is for the hood that can't be blocked when retracted and the rotating focusing ring.

Besides that, it's a great value for your money. I've used it mostly for architecture and landscape, also some portraits but 200mm is not my favorite focal length for this use.

Unusual flare and distortion are absent.

2017 comment: after year of owning this lens, the paint didn't seem to flake any more that it was when I bought it. While I don't often carry this lens, I still value this telephoto lens for its compactness & stellar image quality.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 39
  • sharpness: 4.94
  • color: 4.90
  • build: 4.77
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.79
  • overall: 4.86
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