Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens review by lassethomasson
|lassethomasson#44148 date: Oct-20-2018|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta AF 80-200/2.8 AF|
Sony FE 70 210/4
Big Beer Can
Size and weight
|negative:||Coatings are not up to modern standards.|
Some longitudinal CA.
|comment:||Hype about legacy lenses should be taken with a lot of grains of salt.|
This is one of the exceptions.
A true gem of a lens. Hard to understand that Sony didn't make a modern version, with updated coatings. The could charge like $2000 and no one would complain. It easily compares to modern lenses.
As sharp from corner to corner from f/2.8 to f/8. A little less contrast in the far corners on f/2.8 but that is gone by f/4.
Great for landscapes but it really shine for portraits with amazing sharpness and outstanding bokeh.
AF is fast and precise and eye-AF works as it should on the A99II.
It has some longitudinal CA on larger apertures, as expected from a fast tele, but it's still fairly well controlled. It's probably the price to pay for the amazing bokeh.
But beware if you want to use it with the LA-EA4 adapter on FE mount. I tried it on the A7R3 and never got the AF to be reliable enough.