Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by DWardCA
|DWardCA#10492 date: Sep-6-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||200 CAD (used)|
|positive:||Great Minolta Colours|
Doesn't depreciate in value
CA - Purple Fringes
Sharp IQ drop off at 190mm+
|comment:||While I list a lot of negative aspects to this lens, don't get my wrong - this is the most frequently used lens in my kit. I absolutely love it. I purchased mine in near mint condition and it was the best $200 I ever spent. It doesn't have an in-lens auto focus motor - but for me this is a non-issue as I tend to always use manual focusing so I can "see" my DOF via focus peaking in the EVF.|
I have a few specs of dust in my "mint" version. I realized that as you focus, the end lens piece goes in and out of the body. Its easy for dust to just slide on into the casing and show up on the inside of your lens.
I find that the lens is quite blurry at 210mm. I've heard that all zooms perform worse at either end of their zoom ranges but I've noticed a distinctive drop in IQ after 190mm on my lens.
This is a heavy lens - but its really good bang for your buck.