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

reviewer#9514 date: Oct-20-2011
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:Min 70-200 f/2.8 SSM
Min 75-300 - big bear can
CZ 135 f/1.8
Sig 170-500
price paid:899 USD (new)
positive:Compact, light, fast focusing, sharp
negative:None
comment:This is a great lens. Compact, light and fast focusing on all of the film and digital cameras that I have. Focusing is very accurate = more keeps. Very sharp lens even wide open. Stop it down to f/5.6 or f/8 and it's tack sharp. Great focus limiter which helps this lens focus even faster. Has a built in hood so you'll never loose it. Works very well with 1.4x and 2.0x Min TC and retain AF with both TC's. It has the normal "Minolta colors" which I find to be more pleasing then the colors of the CZ 135 but about the same as the Min 70-200 SSM.
This is a great complement to my Min 300 f/4 and Min 400 f/4.5 lenses.
This is a keeper, one lens I will never get part with.

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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