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

reviewer#1630 date: Jan-10-2007
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:minolta 135 f2.8
minolta 70-210 f4
minolta 300mm f4
nikon 180mm f4
price paid:
positive:focus speed
size and weight
natural bokeh
sharp wide open
flare control
very little CA
negative:inbuilt hood a bit short
no tripod collar
white paint peels off very easily
reflections from the clear filter
comment:An excellent lens. I wouldn't change much except for making the inbuilt lens hood slightly longer and including a removeable tripod collar. The natural neutral color this lens delivers is superb. I find the focal length is a lot more useful on a full frame camera than on an aps camera, mainly because you can fit more of the scene/person in the frame AND still get better bokeh. The clear filter sometimes causes reflections to appear.

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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