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

reviewer#27601 date: Jun-7-2016
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:- minolta af 50mm f1.4
- minolta af 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
- minolta AF 100mm f2.8
- minolta af 75-300mm beercan
- ...
price paid:40€
positive:- Pleasing to use
- Build quality
- Sharpness stopped down
- Beautiful Color rendition
- Doesn't extend on zooming
negative:- Long
- A bit heavy
comment:I take this lens when i want to do mainly portraits, but not only.I would always have it with me if it wasn't that long and heavy, for the weight in the bag and being a bit awkward when mouted on the camera and not taking pictures.

I tend to use it on the long eng where sharpness wide open is good but not fantastic. It gets very sharp 1 stop down.
At 210mm and f4, unexpectedly i get gently swirly bokeh. At f5.6 it is very sharp and with buttery bokeh, great colors and contrast.
I very rarely notice flare, but i use it with the hood i had with my 75-300mm beercan.

I had it for 40€, it has cleaning marks (lots of thin scratches in the coating, only visible with specific lighting) that actually have no effect i can notice.
If I needed I'd happily buy one again for 100€ or 150€ in better condition.

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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