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

reviewer#16333 date: Aug-10-2015
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:Minolta 28-135mm F4-4.5, Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5, Minolta 100-200mm F4.5, Minolta 75-300mm F4.5-5.6, Sony 18-250 F3.5-6.3., Vivitar Series 1 70-300mm F4.5-5.6
price paid:R7000 (+/- $700)
positive:Size, sharpness, ease of use.
negative:I haven't found anything yet
comment:First point: I haven't had it long, but I have used it in varied conditions: over water with high contrast, outdoor portrait, outdoor floral close-up, and indoors.
Second point: this is my first venture into fixed length beyond 50mm, and all the comparison lenses are zooms- definitely comparing apples with oranges.
Having said that, there are some decent lenses there, but the white lenses' IQ is noticeably better than most of them, and particularly the Vivitar, which shouldn't even be on the same page (except that it's also painted white!). Colours are Minolta, i.e. not much different to some of the other lenses, but it's the sharpness that sets it apart.
CA has been raised by some reviewers, but I couldn't elicit any fringing on a series of yacht shots which certainly would have given me some purple edges on the 75-300mm, and maybe even on my Sony 18-250mm.
Talking of which, I'm really going to miss that range, but I have a feeling that I'm going to have to be a lot more active; the Sony will be giving up quite a lot of camera time to the new kid (OK, the old kid) on the block!
I don't know if I am lucky, but while my copy has certainly been used quite a bit and shows some wear- a few small scuffs, and some shiny aluminium showing, particularly on the chequered hood grip, there is no sign of the flaking or peeling that other reviewers have experienced.
One final comment: I thought I had cured my lens lust, but it was only in remission. It is very rare to find one of these on auction here in SA, so I had to jump in. But how do you hide a white lens from your wife?

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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