Minolta AF 200mm F2.8 G APO HS A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#44148 date: Oct-20-2018
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 80-200/2.8 AF
Sony FE 70 210/4
Beer Can
Big Beer Can
Contax 100-300
Contax 80-200
price paid:$400
positive:Sharpness
Size and weight
Build
Colors
Contrast
Handling
AF
negative:Coatings are not up to modern standards.
Some longitudinal CA.
comment:Hype about legacy lenses should be taken with a lot of grains of salt.
This is one of the exceptions.
A true gem of a lens. Hard to understand that Sony didn't make a modern version, with updated coatings. The could charge like $2000 and no one would complain. It easily compares to modern lenses.
As sharp from corner to corner from f/2.8 to f/8. A little less contrast in the far corners on f/2.8 but that is gone by f/4.
Great for landscapes but it really shine for portraits with amazing sharpness and outstanding bokeh.
AF is fast and precise and eye-AF works as it should on the A99II.
It has some longitudinal CA on larger apertures, as expected from a fast tele, but it's still fairly well controlled. It's probably the price to pay for the amazing bokeh.
But beware if you want to use it with the LA-EA4 adapter on FE mount. I tried it on the A7R3 and never got the AF to be reliable enough.
reviewer#26535 date: Mar-27-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-300mm USD
Beercan
Minolta 100mm F2
price paid:670 EUR
positive:sharp
pleasant colors
nice bokeh
great build
quick focusing
focus limiter
negative:some CA wide open
comment:all the great stuff you have ever read about this lens is pure truth. period.
my lens doesn`t have any white paint separation or paint chips
reviewer#16333 date: Aug-10-2015
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135mm F4-4.5, Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5, Minolta 100-200mm F4.5, Minolta 75-300mm F4.5-5.6, Sony 18-250 F3.5-6.3., Vivitar Series 1 70-300mm F4.5-5.6
price paid:R7000 (+/- $700)
positive:Size, sharpness, ease of use.
negative:I haven't found anything yet
comment:First point: I haven't had it long, but I have used it in varied conditions: over water with high contrast, outdoor portrait, outdoor floral close-up, and indoors.
Second point: this is my first venture into fixed length beyond 50mm, and all the comparison lenses are zooms- definitely comparing apples with oranges.
Having said that, there are some decent lenses there, but the white lenses' IQ is noticeably better than most of them, and particularly the Vivitar, which shouldn't even be on the same page (except that it's also painted white!). Colours are Minolta, i.e. not much different to some of the other lenses, but it's the sharpness that sets it apart.
CA has been raised by some reviewers, but I couldn't elicit any fringing on a series of yacht shots which certainly would have given me some purple edges on the 75-300mm, and maybe even on my Sony 18-250mm.
Talking of which, I'm really going to miss that range, but I have a feeling that I'm going to have to be a lot more active; the Sony will be giving up quite a lot of camera time to the new kid (OK, the old kid) on the block!
I don't know if I am lucky, but while my copy has certainly been used quite a bit and shows some wear- a few small scuffs, and some shiny aluminium showing, particularly on the chequered hood grip, there is no sign of the flaking or peeling that other reviewers have experienced.
One final comment: I thought I had cured my lens lust, but it was only in remission. It is very rare to find one of these on auction here in SA, so I had to jump in. But how do you hide a white lens from your wife?
reviewer#12167 date: Mar-8-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-200G / 70-400G / 300G SSM
price paid:700 euro
positive:Very compact light lens. AF speed as fast as the 300G SSM.
Compatible with teleconverters 1.4X & 2.0X.
Compatible with AF Range on A77II & A99
Lens hood permanently on lens and very easy to slide back for storage. I wish they could build also the new lens hood like. this
negative:None
comment:I wish Sony could build this lens again with SSM but then we will complain about the price 2500~3000 euro I think.

This lens on A77II is AF speed demon. You can add the 1.4X & 2.0X teleconverter with little loss of image quality

This lens is a bargain for what you pay and what you get
reviewer#12015 date: Nov-1-2014
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA 100-200 f4.5.
price paid:650$
positive:tack sharp all over.
negative:nothing
comment:This is an incredable sharp and good lens. Proffesional quality and gives stunning picktures with the A99.

R E C O M M E N D E D
reviewer#11972 date: Sep-5-2014
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:my only other "G" lens, the 70-200mm apo "G" hs
price paid:$1200.00 usd
positive:sharp x10, light, handy, sharp, good color,
negative:i'd have to be an ingrate and a nitpicker to find anything negative.
comment:with my a-550,a850, and even my a-200 i'm in fat city even on my a-200 with the 1.4x or 2.0x tc it will blow you away. it proves that the glass is the thing..
reviewer#11895 date: Jul-8-2014
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Macro 50 RS
Tamron 90 Macro
Big Beercan
price paid:885 USD
positive:Minolta colors
High Speed
Sharp
negative:None
comment:My first G lens. I am simply amazed at the quality I am getting straight from my A900. This lens balances well on my camera and has above average speed. High recommended.
reviewer#11806 date: May-3-2014
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony CZ Planar 85mm F1.4 ZA
Sony CZ Sonnar 135mm F1.8 ZA
Contax CZ Tele-Tessar 200mm F4
Minolta AF 300mm F4 APO HS
price paid:Euro 800 (mint)
positive:- exceptional flare control
- sharpness
- color (Minolta colors!)
- AF speed
- rather lightweight
negative:- the lens hood mechanism (fixed/screw on) is a bit awkward
comment:This is an exceptional lens. In terms of sharpness (from F/2,8 on), AF speed and color (Minolta colors!) there is still no other prime that is better at this focal length. I am particularly impressed by the lens' ability to control flare. It shows only very little CA wide open. There is a Minolta APO tele converter 1,4x that makes it a 280mm lens - and this combo provides the same level of IQ (whereas the Minolta APO tele converter 2x has to be used very carefully to achieve optimal results).
Since it is rather lightweight I deem it to be the best possible tele lens (plus converters) to supplement a standard zoom and an UWA on a hiking trip.
reviewer#11768 date: Apr-15-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200f2.8, Canon 200f2.8
price paid:1000
positive:Sharpness. light weight
negative:Noisy focusing, loosen back pack
comment:The sharpest lens ever until I have two ZA prime lenses
reviewer#11762 date: Apr-13-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nearest I have would be 70-210 Beercan or 80-400 Tokina ATX
price paid:a good price =o)
positive:+Sharp
+Fast Focusing
+Looks good on all camera bodies
+IQ
negative:-Spare parts hard to find- try not to break it, or it will be an expensive brick!
-Limited use due fixed focal length
-So that forces you to think about G zooms
-And lens lust becomes G-Lust... even more expensive!
comment:Fast and Sharp- you'll be judging just about all lenses you try out with the IQ this can pull, and with a speed that is hard to top on screw focus lenses. This has got to be one of the best lenses of all time.
Mine has tatty barrel. Forget cosmetics, you'd be hard pushed to find a used one that hasn't got flaky paint.
I am generally very happy with the two zooms I have that cover the 200mm length. But they cannot produce 3D pop shot after shot.
In fact, I only have two lenses which give 3D pop almost effortlessly. The excellent 135mm 2.8, and this.
Shooting a rugby game yesterday using 10 shot bursts on the A77, and leaving camera on continuous focus, I was surprised how many in focus shots there were. From 200 shots, I only had a handful that were unusable photos.
I don't think the beercan or the 80-400 could have kept up with the action.
I bought mine for a great price! The usual going rate is a bit steep if you'd only use 200mm occassionally. For a little more money you can get a 70 or 80-200mm G zooms. But if 200mm is your focal length, this is the dogs b*ll*cks. Even with a Kenko 1.4 pro 300 TC added, this is still an amazing beast! I just don't understand why Sony don't make one.

Now I want more G glass!
reviewer#11618 date: Jan-17-2014
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200 G SSM (exellent copy)
price paid:700 Euro
positive:Excellent build quality
Smaller than expected and light
Outstanding Resolution from f2.8-f11
Very nice Bokeh
Minolta liquid colors
Fast AF
Teleconverter compatibel

negative:Negative?
comment:I use the Sony 70-200 G for four years. Most of the photos are taken in the 200 mm focal lengh. My personal opinion is that the Sony 70-200 G is to heavy to carry around all the time.
I sold the Sony and go for the Minolta 200 G HS. A friend of mine ask me ...are you nuts? You switch from a modern lens to a 25 years old prime without SSM and modern coatings?

The Minolta 200 G HS is mutch smaller and lighter than the Sony. The optical performance is outstanding in every point. The aperture f2.8 or f8.0 have an influence, but not in case of sharpness, it's only the deep of field :-)

The colors are so rich and typical Minolta and the bokeh is a dream! This lens is ready for the next generation of A-Mount sensors 36 mp without AA filter or 50mp...

A real Masterpiece from Minolta and one of the best lenses ever produced!

Edit 2019:
Todays EBAY Prices are 500-700 Euros.



reviewer#11529 date: Dec-7-2013
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 17mm f3.5 AT-X Pro
Minolta 35mm f2
Sony CZ 50mm f1.4 Planar
Minolta 85mm f1.4 RS
Minolta 100mm f2.8
Sony CZ 135mm f1.8 Sonnar T
Minolta 400mm f4.5 HS
price paid:975.00
positive:Sharp, Color, Bokeh, very user friendly
negative:None
comment:Light, Sharp and fast with excellent color and bokeh, works perfect with 1.4 apo tele converter if needed, with its range, speed and quality it makes it great for low light indoor events or for larger wildlife photos outdoors, I also use as a portrait lens at 15 to 20 feet. (Its amazing what this lens does for just $1,000.00)
reviewer#11222 date: Jun-30-2013
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200/2.8 G SSM
price paid:450 CHF (used)
positive:sharp
reasonably sized
still good quality with 2x converter
built in hood
negative:lens hood doesn't lock in retracted position
comment:A great lens which I often take over the 70-200 for its more compact size.
reviewer#11185 date: Jun-9-2013
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 2.8 300mm APO
Minolta 1.4 85mm G
Minolta 4 70-210mm
price paid:1000 USD MINT
positive:Manual focus limiter
Sharpest lens
Built in Hood
BOKEH, BOKEH, BOKEH
negative:White in color
comment:Did I say this was a sharp lens...WOW! Doesn't disapoint in portraits and indoor sports. Rocket fast focusing when you spent time to set the manual limiter. I wish all lenses had manual limiters!!! This lens is built like a TANK!
reviewer#10814 date: Jan-4-2013
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Beercan 70-210 f/4
Sony 85mm f/1.4 ZA
Sony 300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
price paid:1100 USD (used)
positive:Smaller than expected
Built-in lens hood
Fast focus
Built in 1989!
negative:Vignette apparent from f/2.8-f/4
Back-focus issues
Chromatic Aberration wide open through f/4
comment:I got this lens on a whim as it was one I have heard a lot about and most of the reviews are positive. I have used this lens on the A99, A77, and A900. Mounted on all three, this lens just looks like it belongs. It is smaller than I expected it to be. with the built-in hood retracted, it is only about 2 inches longer than my 85mm f/1.4 ZA fully-extended. With the hood on, it is only about an inch longer than the 85mm f/1.4 ZA with its hood on. The barrel of the 200mm lens is skinnier until it reaches the hood.

Right off the bat I could tell my copy backfocused on the A99. It was difficult to calibrate but I was able to get much closer after a -10 AF Micro Adjustment. I found I get better results on my A99 if I use DMF with this lens, and peaking cranks on when it releases focus, so I don't really see an issue with any back-focusing.

This copy has a heavy, yet pleasing vignette at f/2.8 and it is apparent through f/4 and disappears completely at f/5.6. The hood does not appear to help or hinder the vignette.

The color reproduction is nothing short of outstanding and lives up to the hype. Wide open, this lens is fairly sharp but really shines at f/4 and beyond.

This lens has CA issues wide open and through f/4 which is unrivaled by any of the lenses I have used so far in high contrast situations. Most of the time the CA is fixable using Lightroom, but the largest purple band I've experienced to date. A polarizer seems to help in the situations I experience CA in, but it may be placebo.

The focus ring is hidden with a little door on the side panel, which is different.

On the A77 the lens has a good reach and the vignette isn't as apparent at f/2.8 and clears up around f/3.5. On the A900, the lens just works. Nothing special and over the top.
reviewer#10014 date: Mar-9-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200 2,8 APO
Tamron 70-200 2,8
Minolta 80-200 HS APO G
Zeiss 135 Sonnar
Minolta 85 1,4 GD
price paid:700 Euro
positive:Small, Light, SHARP, Contrast, COLOUR fast Af with limiter
negative:Long CA @ f/2,8
comment:Really nice little gem 8)

Small and light for it´s FL. And it really is as sharp as u could ever wish for. It equals to the Zeiss 135 1,8 in pure resolution! One drawback though, and that is the long CA thats pretty pronounced at larger apertures (2,8-4) and some loss of contrast in some situations. That´s nitpicking though, because it´s no big deal to fix it with some PP afterwards.

Have´nt tryed it with any of the dedicated TC´s, but it´s suposed to corperate pretty nice with the Minota 1,4 TC i´ve heard 8)

There´s lot of lenses out there that for sure is compareable in terms of sharpnes etc, but i cant imagine there´s lots that can compete in the same size-class! And come on, the lens is about 25 years old!!! And it really is tiny! And small and light and sharp and white and good and ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

Maybe it could cross my mind to trade it for a Sony 70-200 if i could have one fore the same money, but i have´nt tried the Sony yet so i really cant tell if it would be worth it.... The Sony have the benefit to be a lot more flexible with shorter MFD and offcorse the zoomability...

But for now it´s the absolutely best 200mm lens i´ve tried to date! The above mentioned zoomlenses have not been nearly as sharp at 200!
reviewer#9960 date: Feb-21-2012
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:1200 USD used, mint
positive:- Perfect lens. No need to adjust anything in post processing.
- sharp at f2.8. Breathtaking at f4.
- focus is very accurate, although not as speed demon as SSM but very close
negative:- strong CA at f2.8 since it's not designed for digital
- hood does not lock when not extended in use position.
- hard to find one in mint condition without paint chips, scratches.
comment:Absolutely the king of 200mm! When I first tried this lens, I thought it's not so sharp at f2.8 but I was wrong! My copy actually back focuses quite a lot and need -10 micro adjustment in the cameras. So check your copy carefully before concluding that it's not sharp.

The lens reaches breathtaking level when stopped down to f4. I'm always stunned when I pixel peep at f4. I can clearly see every hair and pore on the model's skin. Every imperfection is brutally shown by its extreme sharpness and contrast. Works particularly well with flash. Skin tone it delivers is amazing and I couldn't believe this is from a 20 years old lens!

CA can be strong in some situations at f2.8 but completely gone at f4. Vignette is also strong wide open.

The colors of this lens are the particular reason I chose over the CZ 135 f1.8 ZA. It's a classic Minolta style. Although the tones are not as warm as Minolta 100 f2. Both lens complement each other very well and deliver consistent results.

I paired this lens with Sony 1.4x and 2.0x APO converters and surprised how quick the lens can focus at with 1.4x. With 2.0x, it's respectfully quick for 400mm. It can hunt in some situation so using the focus limiter knob together with 2.0x is recommended. With TCs, I need to stop down a few stops and extremely pleased by the resolution it can deliver.

My copy is completely mint and no sign of wear on the white paint. I'm sure if one is not too rough, the paint's going to be fine.

Truly the greatest/ most enjoyable to use of all my Minolta AF arsenals. Followed distantly by the Minolta 100f2. I will never sell this one no matter how much offered.

See my photos with Minolta 200mm f2.8 APO G HS on my Flickr collection at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeispixels/collections/72157628204412995/
reviewer#9608 date: Nov-18-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan (same focal length)
price paid:700e incl. shipping
positive:+Sharp at f/2.8
+Relatively small and portable
+Very quick AF
+Well built (minus the paint)
+Built-in fold-down hood is very practical
negative:-Focus isn't always spot on(could be that it isn't on entirely friendly terms with my A580)
-Some purple fringing at f/2.8
-White paint is pretty and chips easily
comment:Generally:

It looks neat, it's portable, when it focuses right* it produces sharpness at f/2.8 equal to the beercan (at 200mm) at f/8. I have found no central sharpness increase by stopping down, though purple fringing tends to go away. Besides the sharpness the bokeh is good, as is the whole general rendition.

With TCs:

With the Minolta original 1.4x tc there is no significant drop in AF speed, and image quality at f/5.6 (max f/4) is very good, but of course the bokeh is not as good as at f/2.8.
Using the original 2.0x tc the AF is, unless presented with a very contrasty target, pretty hopeless(with the A580). Still, images at 100% are better than those from the 1.4x tc upscaled to equal size.

Flare..I don't know, I usually don't mind flare so much.

*Focus speed is streets ahead of the beercan but not always accurate. It's not a consistant front- or backfocus issue and it doesn't appear to matter if the target is a bird in flight or a brick wall(gods know the beercan has little chance to track BIF). I think it isn't anything to do with this particular specimen, but rather just like Munger says about the 300 f/4 == 'Slightly faster than the Sony 70-400 but not quite as accurate' == 22 year old lens design. Plus, the previous owner is a respected dyxum member who didn't mention having any issues with it, and I seldom express my self in a positive way if I don't have to :P


Overall though, I definitely like it.

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
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.
reviewer#8903 date: Apr-10-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-300ssmG
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
negative:
missing
comment:The best lens from Minolta
reviewer#8841 date: Mar-28-2011
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Excellent sharpness.
Great minolta colors
Fast focussing on the A700
Light
negative:
missing
comment:Sold my sony 70-200 and bought this little baby.
Sharpness is a little better than the sony and easier to carry around all day because of the weight.
Problem is that i have do more footwork.
Have no problems with the paint, there are only a few marks on it.
Now i have try to find a 1.4 converter or the 2.0.
This one stays.

reviewer#8579 date: Jan-27-2011
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300 Can
positive:Everything
negative:Nothing
comment:This lens made even me the bonehead into a brilliant photographer. This is a lens unmatched by anything else I have ever used. A travesty to have sold it off, but my wedding was more important.
reviewer#8051 date: Oct-5-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300G
Tokina 28-80 2.8
Tamron 35-105 2.8
Sony 50 1.4
Minolta 135 2.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Beercan
price paid:500€
positive:Very good AF, great sharpness, great build. Light and small. Nice bokeh. Very good with tc 1.4x and even 2x.
negative:You can´t buy it new and it´snt very cheap usually. Hood can´t be locked when retracted. Weak white paint. Purple fringing at 2.8 in thin objects with hard back light.
comment:Fantastic lens, great with teleconverters, great sharpness, good bokeh, build, AF, flare control... Great.

My best lens, really a "black leg" as we say in Spain.
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
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.
reviewer#7760 date: Jul-30-2010
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss - 135mm f1.8 ZA
Min - 100mm f2.0
Can - 200mm f2.8 L
Min - 35mm f2.0
Sony - 35mm f1.4 G
Sony - 50mm f1.4
price paid:
missing
positive:Light weight, sharp, color and contrast
negative:Didn't get one sooner
comment:This lens takes off where the 100f2 stops. It is a true contender to the Zeiss 135f1.8. It renders an image much like the 100f2 and has the richness of color of the 35f2. It is easily as sharp as the Canon 200f2.8L. The bokeh from this lens is smooth and buttery yet richer in color than the 135ZA.

This lens has a shorter MFD than its Canon equivalent. It also handles CA better wide open. I held on to my Canon gear because of the 200L and now I can move on with no regrets due to the 200G.

If you are into prime lenses and need a clean fast and wonderful 200mm then I recommend this lens without reservations.

PS - Thanks hooni.
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
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.
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Light compared to a 70-200 zoom
White looks pro
SHARP
great build
negative:none
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.
reviewer#7083 date: Mar-13-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Ł730
positive:Sharp
Great colour
Portability
negative:None
comment:Outstanding IQ, with great colour, sharpness and contrast. Portable for a 200mm 2.8. It's just a great, great lens. Can't lock the hood in down position which is a bit odd but who really cares! A great example of just how good some of Minolta's G glass was.
reviewer#6477 date: Nov-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 70-210 f/4,
Min 80-200 f/2.8 G apo HS
Min 300 f2.8 apo
Min 85mm G
Tamron 180mm macro
price paid:800USD (used)
positive:sharp,
fast,
light,
It is great value for money
negative:the paint peels off
comment:One of the true great lens. My copy looks like it has been dropped many times and still works fantastically. The colours are great. The best lens I have ever owned.

reviewer#6472 date: Nov-27-2009
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Leica R 180 Tele-elmarit 3.4
Canon 300 F 4.0 IS L
price paid:1110 USD
positive:Sharp.
Romantic colors
Excellent size/image ratio
negative:A trivial nit: the lens hood does not lock in unextended position.
AF hunts a little in low light near focus situations.
comment:I switched from Canon 1 DS because of the Zeiss lenses, and because I learned I could remount my Leica R and Contax C/Y Zeiss lenses. I was very pleased with the remounted Leica 180. I then acquired this lens. It is, in my perception, at least equal and probably better than the Leica R, and it has autofocus and is lighter. A real bonus. The images appear to be superior to the Canon 300 F 4.0 IS L, itself no slouch but much bigger. I am curious that Sony has not issued a re-badged version
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 77
  • sharpness: 4.98
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.82
  • distortion: 4.97
  • flare control: 4.91
  • overall: 4.94

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