Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by 1hander

reviewer#2786 date: Sep-27-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 4
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:tamron 28-105 2.8
sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
18-70 kit lens
price paid:165.00 USD used
positive:incredible colors
great sharpness
photos with personality
super bokeh
negative:kinda heavy
a little slow on focus
hunts in low light
did i say heavy
comment:I bought this on ebay for 165, it had some slight scratches which were not mentioned in the sale. Even with the scratches, i love this lens. The colors are incredible, and if you have the light and stop it down a bit, the sharpness is really something. It beats every other lens i have easily (if i have the light of course), but i know there are sharper lenses out there. It does have a tendency to lose focus and hunt in low light. I got an aftermarket hood for mine and i does wonders with flare control. I havent noticed any CA yet.

If you learn how to exploit its strengths and avoid the weaknesses, and use the camera features well... you can take pictures in almost total darkness, (got some great shots at the circus)

The build quality is extreme on this thing. I love it, when you hold it in your hand, you know you have an original minolta in your hands. Built like an M1 tank.

There are plenty floating around, im in the process of hunting down a Big Beercan. Get one!!!!

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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