Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens review by jonatanmelin
|jonatanmelin#10014 date: Mar-9-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 70-200 2,8 APO|
Tamron 70-200 2,8
Minolta 80-200 HS APO G
Zeiss 135 Sonnar
Minolta 85 1,4 GD
|price paid:||700 Euro|
|positive:||Small, Light, SHARP, Contrast, COLOUR fast Af with limiter|
|negative:||Long CA @ f/2,8|
|comment:||Really nice little gem 8)|
Small and light for it´s FL. And it really is as sharp as u could ever wish for. It equals to the Zeiss 135 1,8 in pure resolution! One drawback though, and that is the long CA thats pretty pronounced at larger apertures (2,8-4) and some loss of contrast in some situations. That´s nitpicking though, because it´s no big deal to fix it with some PP afterwards.
Have´nt tryed it with any of the dedicated TC´s, but it´s suposed to corperate pretty nice with the Minota 1,4 TC i´ve heard 8)
There´s lot of lenses out there that for sure is compareable in terms of sharpnes etc, but i cant imagine there´s lots that can compete in the same size-class! And come on, the lens is about 25 years old!!! And it really is tiny! And small and light and sharp and white and good and ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Maybe it could cross my mind to trade it for a Sony 70-200 if i could have one fore the same money, but i have´nt tried the Sony yet so i really cant tell if it would be worth it.... The Sony have the benefit to be a lot more flexible with shorter MFD and offcorse the zoomability...
But for now it´s the absolutely best 200mm lens i´ve tried to date! The above mentioned zoomlenses have not been nearly as sharp at 200!