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

reviewer#2222 date: Apr-28-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
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:Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 mark 1
price paid:
positive:- Excellent colours
- Constant aperture
- Nice bokeh for a zoom
negative:- Heavy
- Focusing ring is too small
- Filter thread rotates when focusing
comment:Overall I've been very satisfied with this lens. My only real gripe is the rotating filter thread, placed on a focusing ring that's way too small (and doesn't have a lot of travel). Manual focusing is made a bit better by keeping the lens hood attached and using that as an extension to the focusing ring, although then it becomes very difficult to attach/remove filters because they are so deeply recessed inside the hood.

The image quality, however, is excellent, sharpness is sufficient, colour rendition is superb, bokeh very nice for a zoom, and I haven't had issues with distortion. As no viable alternative seems to exist among AF zooms in this range for the Sony/Minolta mount, the Beercan is highly recommended.

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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