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

reviewer#2601 date: Aug-3-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:kit 18-70/3.5-5.6
Jupiter-21 (200/4)
Jupiter-37 (135/3.5)
Tair-11 (135/2.8)
price paid:8000 RUR (~300 USD)
positive:CHEAP
Sharp enough
Big and heavy (solid)
Constant f/4
Smooth bokeh
Accurate focusing

negative:Veeery slooow focusing
Big and heavy
CA and purple fringing (sometimes)
Flares (rarely)
comment:I like it. It's not ideal of course, but very good for the price. In fact the only problem is AF speed. All other disadvantages are not serious. The IQ is not much worse than my primes' one.
Very good for portraits, of course: a bit soft wide opened, smooth bokeh etc. I also like one funny thing about it: the bokeh is colored. It's full of green and purple spots even if background is actually black and white. I know that's OK, but none of my lenses makes background THAT saturated. This effect is very useful for shooting pigeons, stones and other gray/blue stuff.

P.S.: But I still love my "Russian Tanks"... :)

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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