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

reviewer#7280 date: Apr-12-2010
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:
price paid:
positive:Light compared to a 70-200 zoom
White looks pro
great build
comment:Buy it.

This is such a good lens. The focus is very fast. There is a mechanical focus limiter so you can set the focus to be between the MFD and 'x', or between 'x' and infinity, where 'x' is any distance you want to set with the silver screw next to the distance window. That's really quite useful. Its also got a focus limiter on the HS variant, not there in the non HS. Theres also a clip down cover for the focus ring. The inbuilt hood doesnt lock in the down position and this gets a lot of mention, but to be honest when the hood is retracted, its not getting used, so that really doesnt matter.

This is the type of lens thats very sharp and very usable from wide open. I use mine with a sony 2x teleconverter and the results are very good from that.

The paint does come off very easily. Since I had mine a big flake of paint came off the side and I'm very careful with it. If you are buying one, dont let paint loss discourage you, it doesnt mean it's been mishandled in any way. Even if you buy one without paint loss I can guarantee that it wont stay that way. It also look kind of retro cool.

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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