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

reviewer#1793 date: Feb-8-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 APO DG
price paid:
Good color
Nice bokeh
Built like a tank
negative:CA and flare
As heavy as a tank :)
comment:Hard to believe this is such an old design...the results are outstanding. Very good color and the bokeh is very nice. The weight doesn't bother me because I am used to schlepping a a Tamron 200-500 around.

I am finding that my images are of better quality than my recently departed Sigma, but the Sigma controlled flare and CA/purple fringing better.

This will be a short termer for me until the new Sigma 70-200 2.8 is available, but I will enjoy every minute of its time in my bag.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 397
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
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