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

reviewer#11763 date: Apr-13-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Sony CZ 24-70 f2.8
Min 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 old
Sony ZA 50mm f1.4 Planar
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 SSM
Minolta 85mm f1.4 GD
Sony ZA 135mm f1.8 Sonnar T
Minolta 200mm f2.8 HS
price paid:225.00 new
positive:Color, Bokeh, Build, how many zoom lenses have f32?
I think this lens will last a lifetime!!!
negative:You need to keep the sun out of the frame and the lens hood on!
comment:I have owned this lens for 25 years and have looked to up grade a few times but have not found a lens worthy yet! yes there are new telephoto G zooms a little sharper but not by much at f4 at f6.3 this lens as good as any of the G lenses with fantastic bokeh, my three daughters love what this lens has produced over the years, with our newer camera's ability to handle higher ISO this lens has become even more usable its by far the best value of all telephoto zoom in the market today and I still think it has the best bokeh of any zoom lens.

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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