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

reviewer#2617 date: Aug-8-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:minolta 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
price paid:60 GBP
positive:excellent bokeh
good range
constant f/4
internal/smooth zoom
solid contruction
nice weight
negative:I have given it a rating of 4 for build because i believe the focusing mechanism of the lens is a part of the build, and this is a negative. it does not focus particularly quickly, even on my dynax 7, it will only to in very well lit condition and will often struggle (hunt) in many conditions when its at the long end.
comment:I find the sharpness of this lens to be excellent.
Its a brilliant portrait&candid lens or even just as a carry around lens, which is where its 1:4 macro reproduction comes in handy.

The contrast and colour of this lens is excellent!
Just put some reala in your camera and do some candid type shots and you will be thrilled.

Flare is rarely a problem at all, but it can be present in mid day type conditions.

Sometimes hampered by chromatic aberation wide open, but not VERY noticable. And this can easily be avoided or negated through simply stopping down.

For the price that i payed, i wouldnt hesitate one bit!

Iv had this lens for well over a year now, and have enjoyed every picture i have taken with it. Most of my favourite photos are with this lens.

Though, now im setting my sights higher, and im after the tamron 70-200 SP macro f/2.8 when it comes out, as i believe this will forefil my requirement more so.

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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