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

reviewer#11680 date: Feb-5-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SIGMA 70-300 APO 4/5.6
price paid:70 EUROS
positive:The colors...
The AF speed
The noise
The sharpness
The price
Rock solid
negative:I'm still looking for something...
OK, you will need a hood
comment:I'm not a professional but i do a lot of shooting ( pics and video)and i just love this lens. Bought it real cheap as it came along with a 35-70 minolta ( which i already had - but then again a Beercan at that price is a real bargain).
I never managed to get much out of the Sigma and when i did i had to manually adjust just about everything ( it would always over-compensate , the white balance was just never right and the motor failed me as well - got repaired under warranty after almost one year of use).
I was thinking of getting the Tamron USD (which looks good) and then i read the reviews below and got the Minolta.
On my A57, with the beercan, i can shoot about anything leaving everything in auto settings and it's just perfect.
It's just like if those two were made for each other

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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