Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens review by berlin steve
|berlin steve#11762 date: Apr-13-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Nearest I have would be 70-210 Beercan or 80-400 Tokina ATX|
|price paid:||a good price =o)|
+Looks good on all camera bodies
|negative:||-Spare parts hard to find- try not to break it, or it will be an expensive brick!|
-Limited use due fixed focal length
-So that forces you to think about G zooms
-And lens lust becomes G-Lust... even more expensive!
|comment:||Fast and Sharp- you'll be judging just about all lenses you try out with the IQ this can pull, and with a speed that is hard to top on screw focus lenses. This has got to be one of the best lenses of all time.|
Mine has tatty barrel. Forget cosmetics, you'd be hard pushed to find a used one that hasn't got flaky paint.
I am generally very happy with the two zooms I have that cover the 200mm length. But they cannot produce 3D pop shot after shot.
In fact, I only have two lenses which give 3D pop almost effortlessly. The excellent 135mm 2.8, and this.
Shooting a rugby game yesterday using 10 shot bursts on the A77, and leaving camera on continuous focus, I was surprised how many in focus shots there were. From 200 shots, I only had a handful that were unusable photos.
I don't think the beercan or the 80-400 could have kept up with the action.
I bought mine for a great price! The usual going rate is a bit steep if you'd only use 200mm occassionally. For a little more money you can get a 70 or 80-200mm G zooms. But if 200mm is your focal length, this is the dogs b*ll*cks. Even with a Kenko 1.4 pro 300 TC added, this is still an amazing beast! I just don't understand why Sony don't make one.
Now I want more G glass!