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

reviewer#2437 date: Jun-12-2007
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 100-300
Minolta AF 28-105 RS
KM AF 18-70 DT
Minolta AF 100 f 2.8 Macro
price paid:150 EUR (like new)
positive:Built to last
Constant aperture
Constant lenght from 70mm to 210mm
Some flares
Some CA
comment:A great old lady. Looks like a tank lens, with a full metal body. You must get used to the weight of this zoom lens, but after that you'll have a wonderful tele-zoom glass. Bokeh is simply amazing, sharpness stopped at 5.6 is quite good, just a little soft at 210mm and f 4. AF speed is slow in low light but not-so-much as i thought.
One of the most common Minolta lenses, one of the most useful, simply the best in quality-price.

After almost 2 years of use my copy seems to have developed a bad "illness". The central portion of the image is still ok, the rest of it is soft at every aperture.

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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