Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens review by dumbasadoorknob
|dumbasadoorknob#7923 date: Sep-2-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 70300G|
|price paid:||usd 840 used|
|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.