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

reviewer#10607 date: Oct-20-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 100-200mm f/3.5
price paid:SGD 300 (used)
positive:1. Solid Built
2. Very sharp with good lighting
3. Saturated and warm color
negative:1. Very poor sharpness and hunts under poor lighting
2. Heavy and long


comment:With all the hype from Ebay and other users, I find that this lens does not perform as expected (may be due to my copy). Compare to the newer Minolta 100-200mm f/3.5-4.5, it is less sharp under poor lighting condition. However, when using it with external flash under the same condition, this lens somewhat produces much sharper pictures.

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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