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

reviewer#2597 date: Aug-1-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:24-105/3.5-4.5D
price paid:Ł42.50
negative:Little heavy
CA ( but rarely )
comment:What can one add - it is just a very, very good lens especially for a zoom. Gave it 4.5 for sharpness as just can't give 5 for everything and it would not let me put 4.5 for distortion :). Do get get CA sometimes in extreme conditions but never had flare problems ( I think it depends on how you use the lens ).

There is one thing however that it is NOT -

IT IS NOT A 70-210 BUT IT IS A 75-210.

I have checked this on the data on my 7 and had it checked on the EXIF ( ? ) of a 7D digithingy. The possible reason for this is that it's heritage comes from a previous MF lens produced during the Leica liason period but this can't be verified - it was the best idea a few of us could come up with so who knows.

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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