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

reviewer#7890 date: Aug-28-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-300G, Beercan, CZ135, 100/2, 135/2.8
price paid:
positive:+ Compact, built in hood
+ Beautirul bokeh
+ Beautiful colour
+ Sharp, usable wide open
+ Fast AF
negative:+ Despite APO, not immune to colour fringing
+ 200mm prime - I found not so useful
+ Highlights at f/2.8 in corners are clearly oval due to vignetting
comment:I loved the special look this lens gives, it reminds me of the CZ135. However, overall I find the CZ135 much more useful -- 135mm is just the right focal length for outdoor portraits, whereas I found 200mm too long. Also, the CZ135 has a much shorter MFD at 72cm vs 1.5m. So I ended up selling this lens to help fund the CZ135 purchase.

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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