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

reviewer#11329 date: Sep-4-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 f2.8
Another beercan
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:- Smooth bokeh
- Good colors
- f4 all the way
- Pretty sharp
- Range
- Build quality
negative:- MFD
- CA
comment:I own a limited copy with the clear plastic so the mechanism inside can be seen. This version suffers from CA compared to my friends "ordinary" beercan which shows less CA then my copy. Nothing that can't be fixed in PP, but they do differ. Besides that, it is a great lens, some say it's heavy, but that gives me the feeling that I'm shooting with really fine peace of equipment. I've shot some really nice portraits with this lens, the bokeh is really good. It's a great value for money.

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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