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

reviewer#6218 date: Oct-14-2009
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-300 APO D
Minolta 500 F8 AF
Minolta 28-135 4-4.5
Minolta 50 1.4
Minolta 70-210 4 (beercan)
Tamron 90 2.8 macro
Sony 75-300
price paid:839 USD (used)
positive:Everything (well, almost)!
negative:Paint peels off
Hood when retracted
Focus cover
comment:Color is perfect.

Bokeh is beatiful.

Distortion: none that i'm aware (no rigorous test).

Flare: none that i had noticed so far.

Sharpness: perfect even wide open. Just a bit of CA and lower contrast, but nothing to worry about.

Focus: fast and precise. The adjustable limiter is very useful. Focuses well even with the 2X TC (1st version), though it micro-hunts if the subject has low contrast.

Build is great. compact, relatively light, resistant, balances well. Still, this is the only aspect in which i found some minor flaws:
- Hood doesn't lock when retracted - but normally that's when i'm using the front cover, so not important. Largely compensated by the fact that the hood is built in!
- Focus ring cover could lock better. Not important.
- Paint comes off real easy. I can scratch my copy with a fingernail. As some have said it's not so, there must be sample variations. This is a purely cosmetic issue.

This lens is so sharp it can be used even wide open with the Minolta APO TC 2X - but then it shows CA in contrasty scenes. Still better than the 500 F8 (unless for CA, of course, since the 500 has none).

This is by far the best lens i ever used. If you can get one, don't think twice!

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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