Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens review by jonatanmelin

reviewer#10014 date: Mar-9-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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: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!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 81
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.88
  • overall: 4.91
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