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

reviewer#2173 date: Apr-19-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:km 50/1.7
km 24-85/3.5-4.5
km 35-105/3.5-4.5
sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:140
positive:Fast aperture, great build, 55 mm filter, sharpness, bokeh, colors
negative:CA, weight, hunting AF
comment:I got this lens off ebay for a good price. Unfortunately a month later the lens developed a sticky aperture! Fortunately I was able to repair this myself (thanks to Pete Ganzel).

This lens is very good for outdoor shots and portraits, the image quality is superb. There is some flaring and ghosting however, especially considering that the hood is too small (for APS-C the hood can be bigger). My main complaint with it is that, on my copy, the sharpness and CA is just terrible at f4 from 150-210mm, and becomes good only at f5.6. However at 70mm, it is very sharp even at f4. CA is a big issue on this lens, and I see it more than I see it on other lenses.

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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