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

reviewer#7721 date: Jul-24-2010
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:Min 70-200G
Min 80-200G
CZ16-80
Beercan
Min 50 1,7
price paid:775euro used
positive:-Sharpness: super, sharp wide open. (sharper than 70-200G)
-bokeh: butter creamy
-Contrast: super
-Color saturation : super
-Weight: when you compare this with a 80-200G or 70-200G, it 's a biiigggg difference. Hand-hold is sooooo pleasing.
-Build: you know this lens would serve you, your son, and your grandson.

This lens match so well with the 1,4x and 2x dedicated converter that I forget about the 70-400G.
negative:-Purple Fringing at F2,8 when it comes to extrem situation (black text on white background in sunny day)
-noisy, everyone hears you focusing.
- the paint fall out easily
comment:I own this lens 2-3 years. Sold it, and then buy it again.
I do lots of wildlife photos. Tried it with Min TC 1,4x and 2x, I'm suprised with the results, especially with the 1,4x on: the quality stay the same as with out.
So with this combo I would give up the flexibility of the 70-400.

With this choice, I have actually an amazing 200G f2,8, a super 300G f4, and a so-so-ok 400 f5,6.

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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