Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by macronut
|macronut#11742 date: Mar-22-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Compared to dozens of other lenses I have tried.|
|positive:||Bokeh is great.|
Colors are great.
Does not extend while zooming or focusing.
Cheap! What a great value this lens is.
Easy to find in mint condition.
Longer and heavier than a modern lens.
No ADI or modern coatings.
Some purple fringing.
|comment:||This lens really does deserve its legendary status. With used lens prices dropping more and more in the last few years, you really have no reason not to try this lens. Depending on condition, it can be bought on Ebay for $90-$140.|
The Beercan has smooth, dreamy bokeh. It has vivid, warm colors. Nothing in this price range can compete with it. It's like an outdoor portrait lens.
Sharpness is good. It is more than acceptable, just not the Beercans best attribute. Certainly no comparison to high-end glass, but no less sharp than its actual competition.
Can flare in sunlight without the hood. Flare prone? No I wouldn't quite say that. But with bright sunlight in your face, the Beercan will suffer.
Build is classic Minolta metal. Excellent!
Bottom line is you should give this lens a try unless you are a Zeiss snob. I have a large lens collection to choose from, but see no reasaon to sell my Beercan. I enjoy using it every time I get it out of the closet. Some of my favorite photos have come from the Beercan. It is a true representation of classic Minolta build, color, and bokeh. There is a reason so many of these are for sale on Ebay. It is because a great many were manufactured to meet demand! Popular in its day and still popular today, for all the same reasons.