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

reviewer#2086 date: Mar-31-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:MinRS 50mm/1.7, Sony kit 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:185 USD (used)
positive:3x zoom at useful focal length
Works well hand held
Good sharpness for a low price
negative:Slow autofocus, hunts in low light
Some Chromatic Aberration (CA)
comment:Great lens. Having a relatively wide aperture (f4) and 1:4 macro at 210mm is great. Despite occasional CA and the disappointing AF, the lens is very usable and well worth the price. Perfect lens for a photographer on a modest budget to complement the 18-70 kit lens. The lens is fairly heavy, but built well and still not too big to use hand held.

I've noticed that on sunset photos flare is more of a problem with this lens than on the kit lens.

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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