Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by BMW_M3

reviewer#3361 date: Mar-14-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Sony - AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6
Sony - AF DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3
price paid:70 US$ (used)
positive:Very sharp stopped down. peaks at ƒ8
All metal construction, sturdy and rigid
internal zoom.
Beautiful colors. magic minolta
negative:A bit soft wide open, but that has it uses.
can hunt a bit in low light.
Focus is a bit slow, but ok on A700
comment:I was lucky to find this lens used in a store for only 70 US$. my copy is in absolute mint condition. it looks/feels new. both zoom and focus is perfectly smooth and NO dust inside it. I use it as my telezoom, since it's the only telelens I have at the moment. I find it very useful for my wildlife photos. Only major drawback as I see it, is the green/magenta fringe, especially in the winter/spring when the sun is low. other that that, I love it. I'm waiting for the new 70-300 G lens from Sony, but I will still use this one in time to come. I will never sell it. It's a must for all Sony/KM/M users, new to SLR or not. A true gem with very little competition, regarding IQ vs. money spent. I like the fact that you don't "own" a beeran, you're merely taking care of it for the next generation..

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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