Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by nathan_68

reviewer#2411 date: Jun-5-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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 200/2.8 HS G
Minolta 135/2.8
price paid:125 Euro
build like a tank
focal range
constant f/4
negative:weight like a tank
comment:This lens has confirmed what has been already said about it.

It has one of the best bokeh I've ever seen. It's really amazing, both with digital camera and film.
The lens has been build to last. All metal body, it can be used and abused and still works perfectly.

AF is not fast, but is not so slow. I knew it, and I'm quite pleased about the performance. Nevertheless, it fails to focus and hunts a little bit more than expected.
It's a heavy lens, but ergonomics is good, so it's not a problem for me.

With digital I can see some CA, especially in bright areas. This problem doesn't exist with film.
Sharpness is not as good as I would like. At f/4 it's soft, much better at f/5.6, but not as sharp as my tele primes.

A very good deal for the price. Performance is good/very good, considering that it's a lens designed more than 20 years ago.
Personally I find that it performs better with film cameras. Digital is unforgiving and it shows all the little flaws of this old wonderful lady.

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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