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

reviewer#8959 date: Apr-23-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:The legendary but over hyped & overpriced Beercan
price paid:£46
F3.5-f4.5 Apertures
Image qaulity
negative:Horrendous Zoom creep
Need's a hood
comment:I bought this to replace my beercan which I glady sold off, if you read my beercan review you'll see why.

In A nutshell this is faster than a beercan at the short end and although slower at the long end, it is sharper than a beercan.

Image quality is excellent, hunting isn't quite as bad as the beercan and yes it does need stopping down (as does the beercan), as a cheap lens (I paid only £46) it is a bargain and much cheaper than the beercan and newer (but probably better) 50-200 lenses.

If you want a cheap mid range zoom I cannot recommend this one highly enough, Zoom creep however is truly horrendous.

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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