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

reviewer#2587 date: Jul-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:100-300 APO, kit
price paid:~125 USD
positive:sharp, non-extending zoom, great colors, awesome build, CHEAP relative to F4 equivalents in other mounts
negative:bulky, slow and noisy focus, small manual focus ring
comment:I love this lens. I think it was my first acquisition for this mount. It showed me the kit is not the way to go. Lately I have been using it as my macro lens, coupled with a diopter mounted in front. For that I think it's perfect because it does not extend when zooming like other newer designs. Also its sharpness and beautiful colors shine through. This basically doesn't leave my 5D.

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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