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

reviewer#11137 date: May-24-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD
Sony DT 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 SAM
price paid:€ 100
positive:- Solid
- Very nice bokeh
- Makes great photos
- Nice colours
- Constant f/4
- Very limited distortion
negative:- CA: lots of CA it at f/4, and it does not go away completely when you stop down.
- Heavy compared to today's lenses
comment:My copy looks like it has been used in a warzone. Scratches on the body (not the glass!) and a damaged distance indicator window. Does not matter, because it was not in mint condition, it was cheap to buy on ebay. The optics are completely ok and it makes really great pictures. Use it a lot in low-light situations and there the constant f/4 really pays off.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 389
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.79
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
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