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

reviewer#9976 date: Feb-26-2012
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 55-200 SAM f4-5.6
Minolta 75-300 Big Beercan
Minolta 70-210 Beercan
price paid:55 GBP mint
Lovely Minolta colours
Value for money.
negative:Zoom creep
comment:Judging from the reviews below, there appears to be some average samples of this lens. I must have been lucky as all my samples have been excellent. Sharper than the Beercan (70-210) but the bokeh , although good, is not quite as good.

As sharp as the Sony and Big Beercan, with better colour rendition than the Sony. Sold the Sony and Beercan.

Good weight to carry around.

Flare - NB Scored 5 with hood fitted. It really is necessary with this lens.

Slight zoom creep with lens pointed downwards.

The IQ produced complements my 35-105 (original) very well.

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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