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

reviewer#11806 date: May-3-2014
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 CZ Planar 85mm F1.4 ZA
Sony CZ Sonnar 135mm F1.8 ZA
Contax CZ Tele-Tessar 200mm F4
Minolta AF 300mm F4 APO HS
price paid:Euro 800 (mint)
positive:- exceptional flare control
- sharpness
- color (Minolta colors!)
- AF speed
- rather lightweight
negative:- the lens hood mechanism (fixed/screw on) is a bit awkward
comment:This is an exceptional lens. In terms of sharpness (from F/2,8 on), AF speed and color (Minolta colors!) there is still no other prime that is better at this focal length. I am particularly impressed by the lens' ability to control flare. It shows only very little CA wide open. There is a Minolta APO tele converter 1,4x that makes it a 280mm lens - and this combo provides the same level of IQ (whereas the Minolta APO tele converter 2x has to be used very carefully to achieve optimal results).
Since it is rather lightweight I deem it to be the best possible tele lens (plus converters) to supplement a standard zoom and an UWA on a hiking trip.

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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