Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by Dan Berke

reviewer#10278 date: Jun-8-2012
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200 f4.5
price paid:£100
positive:Colour
Build
Bokeh
Sharpness
negative:Small manual focus and rotating front element
Big
comment:I think I have struck gold and bought a perfect copy. It is razor sharp wide open and at all apertures and focal lengths. The colours are stunning and the bokeh is a dream. It balances well on my A77.
I compared this to the Minolta 100-200 f4.5 as it is the closest comparitor. The 100-200 left my A77 feeling off balance, had a poor MFD and simply I need to fall in love with a lens to keep it. The 100-200 was a one night stand but the beercan is full blown affair. Yes f4 is a bit slow and it is a little heavy but so am I....


rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 397
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
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