Minolta AF 70-210mm F3.5-4.5 A-mount lens review by teddybear

reviewer#7657 date: Jul-4-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Minolta 70-210 F4 Beercan
Sony 70-300 G
Tamron 70-210 F2.8
Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6
price paid:80.55 USD
Colour is true minolta
fast af
nice close focus at 1.1m
focus hold button
Can use a 1.7X tele-converter
no CA that I've noticed
negative:not quite Beercan bokeh but pretty close
comment:Well, this lens was purchased as a light weight alternative to my SAL70300G which is about 800g and this lens is around 400g.
The build is nice and solid for a plastic lens and it doesn't feel cheap. So far I've not seen any CA and my copy has been much sharper than my beercan ever was. Unfortunately, it doesn't have that amazing bokeh either. I have not seen any flare with it's hood on. I've used the lens on my 1.7X tele-converter and have been pleasantly surprised to find that at F6.3 it is still sharp.

The lens is worth the money and you can pick them up for less than the beercan so it's a nice alternative

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 64
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 3.98
  • distortion: 4.34
  • flare control: 3.89
  • overall: 4.24
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