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

reviewer#3420 date: Apr-1-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 18-70 Kit lens
Minolta AF 35-80 F4-5.6
Sigma 24 2.8
Canon 18-55 Kit lens
price paid:Don't remember
positive:Colour
Sharpness
Unbeatable in Portraits Outdoor
Versatile
negative:Heavy weight
Big size
Slow AF in low contrast or specially hard conditions
comment:I own this lens since 1985, and it has been a hard-worker, from my begginings in photography, and until date it always worked well, even with some scratches in the front glass (A fall from my father hands at IguazĂș Falls)

It works normally quite well but from time to time it makes historic pictures, specially in portraits (maybe light conditions, or personal inspiration, don't know) that no other lens could beat.

I use it also for nature pictures and macro, with good results.

My collection best, undoubtedly.

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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