Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by zorglub76
|zorglub76#12095 date: Jan-20-2015|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||SEL55210, Minolta 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 N, Canon FD 100mm f/2, SEL50f18, Sigma 30/2.8|
|comment:||I was very skeptical about this lens. I don't like (cheap/vintage) zooms because of the poor sharpness, washed up colors and poor contrast. I bought beercan because I wanted to test EA-LA4 adapter that I bought, and because it was cheap.|
I was astonished! From the very first pic that I took (https://www.flickr.com/photos/zorglub76/14930743119/ - window light on the overcast day in a dark office) I was surprised by the sharpness, color and bokeh of the lens. It gets even better with the flash (https://www.flickr.com/photos/zorglub76/16133883779/).
AF speed is not bad - I shot amateur basketball with no problems - but it's not great either. The only annoyance is the CA, that is visible in high contrast areas, but I guess there ought to be such problems with 30 years old lenses.
I didn't do scientific tests, but I'd rate sharpness as similar to the (very sharp) Canon FD 100/2.0. It's not the level of the new lenses (SEL50f18, or Sigma 30/2.8), but you can get great results with it. I use it for portraiture.