Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by ICE29
|ICE29#3887 date: Jul-26-2008|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 75-300 New|
|price paid:||220 USD|
|positive:||Beautiful pictures (color, bokeh, contrast), very good sharpness, tough build|
|negative:||A bit heavy, paint comes off a bit, AF could be faster and drains batteries|
|comment:||I got beercan at last! Not a mint copy (glass is excellent, lens metal barrel with some scratches), but even with scratches, this lens seems to be a perfect self-defence tool!|
Compared to my old minolta tele zoom, beercan produces much much nicer pictures. Sharpness @210/f4 is ok, stopped down to 5.6 its perfect. Colors and bokeh beautiful, very good portrait lens!
I expected slower AF, to my surprise it's not that bad (but could be even faster), but it drains A700 battery much faster than my Zeiss zoom.
I'm planning to buy new Sony 70-400 to get perfect sharpness and long reach, but I will keep beercan for portraits for sure!