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

reviewer#4065 date: Sep-7-2008
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:Tons of stuff.
price paid:~200 USD
positive:- Super classic "Minolta colors"
- Great sharpness, even at the tele end, even wide-open
- Internal zoom
- Fantastic build quality
- Macro range is very useful
- Constant f/4 is great
negative:- External focusing
- Really quite big and heavy
- Internal zoom makes the lens very long, too, and can get in the way with flash on the wide end
- F/4 isn't terribly fast for the wide end
- Sometimes flares, even with the hood
comment:This is the only tele-zoom lens many Minolta and Sony users will ever need. It is just about as good as all the reviews say. It's definitely not without its flaws, and I don't just mean in the way that every lens has some kind of flaw, but for all the factors combined together, it's one of the best lenses ever made. I have had literally dozens pass through my hands, and thanks to the great vintage quality-control at Minolta, they've all been super performers.

If you don't mind a big and heavy (but very, very sturdy) lens, and shoot most of your shots after 6am and before 6pm, you'll never want to look for anything else!

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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