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

reviewer#3188 date: Jan-16-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 50 F1.7
Sony 18-70 (SAL1870)
Sony 75-300 (SAL75300)
price paid:$150 (great condt)
positive:Very sharp.
Internal zoom (no length change).
Solid construction.
Constant aperture.
negative:External focus (length change during focus).
Front element rotates during focus.
AF is a slow and noisy.
One stop slower than the 70-200 F2.8, but 5-10% the price.
Element coatings are dated. I wish Sony would remake this lens at a reasonable price.
comment:The beercan is a very respectable lens. I initially thought there were some color issues but some more shots taken tonight have confirmed that something else must've been a problem in my first few batches. No problems now.

Build quality is very high. The lens has all metal-construction, smooth operation, and is very durable.

Little to no distortion from what I've observed. Less than that of my favorite lens, the 28-85 F3.5-4.5. I have observed no CA.

Flare control can be a bit of a problem from what I've seen and heard. If you get one that includes a lens-hood, you'll have less trouble.

Very good for taking portraits.

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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