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

reviewer#10587 date: Oct-14-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX HSM
price paid:$80 AUD
positive:Sharp
-Solid Construction
-Cheap
-f4 at 210mm
negative:-AF is slow and sometimes hunts
-Significant CA compared to modern lenses
-Weight Distribution
comment:I picked this lens up for $80 with a Sony DT 16-50mm f2,8. Sharpness is fairly good at f/4, improves a lot at f/6.3.

The weight isn't as bad as some reviews suggest, it is lighter than the Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 and around the same weight as the Sony 16-50mm f2.8. The weight distribution is skewed towards the front however especially at 210mm which is more noticeable than the overall weight of the lens.

AF is a little slow especially in low light, I mostly prefer to use manual focus with this lens. If you are fortunate enough to have a body with focus peaking this makes MF less painful and also allows you to see the DOF easily.

My copy is a little soft around the edges at 210mm f/4 but this improves greatly at f/6.3. It does suffer badly from chromatic aberration in high contrast conditions compared to modern lenses with better coatings. You can remove this to some extent in post but it's difficult to get it all. This doesn't really improve significantly on my copy until around f/9

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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