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

reviewer#44148 date: Oct-20-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 AF 80-200/2.8 AF
Sony FE 70 210/4
Beer Can
Big Beer Can
Contax 100-300
Contax 80-200
price paid:$400
positive:Sharpness
Size and weight
Build
Colors
Contrast
Handling
AF
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.

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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