Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by rhy7s

reviewer#3058 date: Dec-9-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 75-300 f/4.5-5.6
Sigma 75-200 f/2.8-3.5
KM 18-70 Kit
price paid:139 USD (used)
positive:Colour
Bokeh
f/4
Build
Internal Zoom
negative:Soft at long end
Purple fringing at long end
comment:Great bokeh and colour rendition running wide open with just the right amount of softness for pleasing portraits but with enough contrast to give things a bit of punch. Long end isn't as useful on my copy, seems a bit softer and suffers a bit of chromatic aberration. Focus speed at similar subject distances is fine, picking your moment judiciously and taking care to keep a high contrast edge near a focus point is advisable though as hunting to infinity and back if you miss is pretty slow.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 396
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
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