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

reviewer#25501 date: Feb-22-2016
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta 50mm F1.7
price paid:63 Euros
positive:Very sharp wide open
Great build quality
Constant F/4
Good range
Minolta Colours
Amazing Bokeh
Internal zoom
Cheap
negative:Heavy
comment:I purchased this legendary lens from ebay for 63 Euros (69 USD) used. It had some scratches in the body (nothing serious), but the optics were very clean. The colours, the sharpness and the bokeh of this lens are amazing! No CA in my copy too. The focusing is normally fast and accurate, but it struggles a little in low light situations. The only negative is that the beercan is really heavy and somewhat difficult to carry around. In conclusion, I don't think that there is a better tele-zoom lens for the price point. It really deserves its reputation.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 389
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.79
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania