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

reviewer#7563 date: Jun-13-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 80-200/2.8
Minolta 135/2.8
price paid:735 USD
size and weight
negative:purple fringing wide open
chromatic aberrations
paint is fragile
comment:I sold my minolta 80-200/2.8 for this lens. Much smaller and lighter, with much improved handling. As a result, it gets used much more often. On a crop camera, sharpness is better at 2.8 compared to the zoom, but by f4 it is indistinguishable. Everything has pretty much been said on this lens, it is as good as advertised. However, it does have its share of optical flaws, namely purple fringing and bokeh CA at large fstops. Focus is fast on a700, yet i've seen some imprecisions in the focus, that may be due to the camera and not the lens. Also, the aperture is not round, but nine-sided, but this is nitpicking. This lens needs to be handled with care, as the paint chips off easily. There are also a lot of mobile elements to the lens body - focus ring cover and lens hood, this is somewhat disconcerting at first.
Overall, a great lens, highly recommended.

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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