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

reviewer#2650 date: Aug-23-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:35-70 f4, 28-80 f4-5.6 xi zoom
price paid:
positive:A ledgendary lens
Great for collectors
Awsome price for fixed apature
Brilliant Optics
Built like a tank
negative:Autofocus is a little to slow, although it was one of the first ever autofocus lenses.
Lens hood restricts focus when back-mounted.
comment:I would not part my beercan for the world. It is my pride and joy, (that is aswell as my 9000!) It performs so well for its age and is a genuine classic. Mention the word "beercan" and instantly any camera-adict will know what your talking about.
For 21 years this lens has served me well and even when I dropped it off a tripod onto tarmac it was fine! (a little nick out of the filter thread said by-by to the hood though).
If you want a brilliant telephoto zoom for a low-price, this is the best! yb

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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