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

reviewer#8313 date: Nov-28-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II
Sony 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DT
Sony 50mm F1.8
price paid:
positive:Sharp wide open at the telephoto end, very sharp stopped down a little.
Good control of distortion
Light and sharp lens.
DOF Preview/ Focus hold button
Fast AF.
negative:Need a lens hood when sun is near the image frame.
comment:Was very impressed with it's sharpness when shot wide open. The blades of lawn grass blades from more than a 100m away are clearly defined. Stopped down a little and it becomes really sharp. Images from this lens are nice and contrasty and the bokeh is really smooth and nice. Corners are a bit soft at the wide end but it shouldn't bother anyone. After all, the real business end of a telephoto lens should be at the longer focal lengths, which I think this lens really excels at.

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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