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

reviewer#259 date: Dec-4-2005
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 300f2.8 APO HS-G
price paid:
positive:Build quality.
Compact size.
Exceptional image quality.
Value for money.
Built-in sliding velvet lined hood.
Standard 72mm filters are easy to get.
negative:No tripod collar.
Does not take standard Minolta filter holders from 300/400/600 APO lenses.
comment:Simply an awesome telephoto.
Image quality does not seem to suffer when used with 1.4X APO II teleconverter.
It's small(ish) size and moderate weight make hand-held shooting all day easy.

I have used this for portraits, motorcycle track day racing and airshow photography, all hand held.
It can be slightly intimidating for portraits, but the working distance and image quality available are a worthwhile trade off in my opinion.

I have been very happy with the performance of this lens even when shooting into the sun.
Basically, this lens can deliver results far in excess of my abilities.
Defiinitely a recommended buy for Minolta fans.
Bought new from B&H (for US$699! Ha ha)

I'd like to say something less than glowing about this lens, if only not to sound so one-sided.
The only thing I can think of is, it would be nice to have a tripod collar even as an after-market item.

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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