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

reviewer#7923 date: Sep-2-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Sony 70300G
Min 70-210/4
Min 100-400
price paid:usd 840 used
positive:Perfect clarity
Minolta colors
Light
Small
negative:Poor white paint
Funny focus cover
comment:This is a wonderful lens, and makes a really fine combination with a 1.4x TC too. It is "sharp" -- meaning it focusses perfectly, and the image has clearly defined edges -- but it also produces excellent background blur, three dimensional subjects and a soft feeling in a living subject that is tangible.

I keep opening the focus cover while holding the lens, which is annoyingly bad design. My specimen came with the really annoying flaking white paint condition -- so I carefully scraped the white paint off with a wooden spatula, and then painted the resulting grey and silver monstrosity black --and it is a far nicer lens to carry than the white one! Try it, you'll like it. The white paint issue is a build defect.

The hood is really effective, and the lens is a tidy size and weight. I'll never part with it, and enjoy every image it produces -- but I now like my "new" and black 100-400 as much. In Southern California, the slowness of the zoom is not much of a disadvantage. But still the 200/2.8 is better for really valuable pictures that one doesn't want to leave behind. And with the size of the A900 image, cropping the 200/2.8 is always an option.

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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