Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by awaken77

reviewer#2363 date: May-26-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:minolta 75-300/4.5-5.6
price paid:270 USD (used
positive:Sharp wide open
Usable telephoto range on 1,5x crop
Nice bokeh
Internal zooming mechanism
negative:Slow focusing
CAs wide open
Prone to flare
Rotating front lens
Hood locking mechanism and lens cap
comment:I bought this lens primarily for portraits, to cover "traditional" 100mm and 135mm portrait telephoto range.
I like it's nice bokeh and 3D-look of the image, which is especially good for close-up facial portraits.
However, it is not as good as conventional telephoto lens, for shooting sport or other fast action. AF is slow and chromaric aberrations are noticeable on some conditions.
Hood lock and lens cap are disaster. It is impossible to attach hood with cap on, and vise versa.

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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