Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by Kaishi
|Kaishi#3188 date: Jan-16-2008|
flare control: 4
|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)|
Internal zoom (no length change).
|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.