Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by eldonito
|eldonito#2147 date: Apr-13-2007|
flare control: 4
|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|
1:4 "macro" works nicely
|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.