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

reviewer#2368 date: May-27-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 100 f2.8 macro
Minolta 50 f1.4
Sigma 28 f1.8 (old model)
price paid:~Aus $200
positive:Great range
Usually fast enough
Close focusing
negative:Weight & size
comment:This lens usually ends up as my "walk around". I usually start out with either the 28 or 50 on the camera but end up using the beercan for most of the shots I actually take. I can't expect it to be as sharp as my 50 or 100mm primes but its probably better than the old Sigma 28. If Sony release a smaller, lighter version with equivalent or better IQ and reasonable price I'd probably get it, but in the mean time I'm getting great shots and huge value for money!

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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