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

reviewer#2147 date: Apr-13-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D
Cosina 100 F3.5 macro
Soligor 135 F2.8 (m42)
Sigma EX DG 85 F1.4 HSM
price paid:80 GBP (used)
positive:build, internal zoom
f/4 aperture
1:4 "macro" works nicely
Focus hunting
comment:A classic. The all-metal build and internal zoom features ooze old-skool class.

The f/4 max aperture can be very useful at low light, though it is confounded by chromatic aberration (CA). The latter is noticeably decreased at f/5.6 and mostly absent from f/8 onwards, where my copy performs at its best, hence 3.5 for sharpness.

CA tends to be most apparent in high-contrast situations, so if you use f/4 because the light is low, CA won't be so evident. I have taken many nice shots at f/4, just don't forget to stop down in daylight!

Also lovely colour and bokeh.

The one I bought didn't come with a hood; however I used it to take photos of my friends skiing/snowboarding in bright sunshine. Colour and contrast were intact, and not a hint of flare!

1 point off the build because, even though it's "built like a tank", it's also as heavy.

In a nutshell: Simply, it's a must.

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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