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

reviewer#11618 date: Jan-17-2014
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:Sony 70-200 G SSM (exellent copy)
price paid:700 Euro
positive:Excellent build quality
Smaller than expected and light
Outstanding Resolution from f2.8-f11
Very nice Bokeh
Minolta liquid colors
Fast AF
Teleconverter compatibel

comment:I use the Sony 70-200 G for four years. Most of the photos are taken in the 200 mm focal lengh. My personal opinion is that the Sony 70-200 G is to heavy to carry around all the time.
I sold the Sony and go for the Minolta 200 G HS. A friend of mine ask me ...are you nuts? You switch from a modern lens to a 25 years old prime without SSM and modern coatings?

The Minolta 200 G HS is mutch smaller and lighter than the Sony. The optical performance is outstanding in every point. The aperture f2.8 or f8.0 have an influence, but not in case of sharpness, it's only the deep of field :-)

The colors are so rich and typical Minolta and the bokeh is a dream! This lens is ready for the next generation of A-Mount sensors 36 mp without AA filter or 50mp...

A real Masterpiece from Minolta and one of the best lenses ever produced!

Edit 2019:
Todays EBAY Prices are 500-700 Euros.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 80
  • sharpness: 4.96
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.80
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.89
  • overall: 4.92
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