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

reviewer#10424 date: Aug-1-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
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:Sigma 28-200 3.5-5.6 Aspherical IF
Tokina SD 35-200 4-5.6
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:Very solid build, easy to repair.
Very sharp, even at F4.
Continuous F/4 through range.
negative:The CA is disappointing with the level of sharpness.
Prone to flaring. Light hitting the lens from oblique angles causes substantial washing out of the image. You need a hood.
comment:You need a very solid tripod, or very strong hands to tighten the clamps down on your tripod to keep this lens from pulling the head down.

AF is surprisingly quick on my A580, I suspect because when the focus is dialed in, it is really quite sharp indeed.

If this lens were F2.8 and were APO, all else the same, it would cost 10x as much. Definitely a good deal for amateurs and enthusiasts.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 396
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
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