Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 APO A-mount lens review by Winwalloe
|Winwalloe#4510 date: Dec-9-2008|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||300/4 APO HS G|
|price paid:||500€ used|
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.