Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by 66mikeg
|66mikeg#41983 date: Jan-7-2018|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||MD 70-210 f4|
AF 70-210 f4.5-f5.6
|positive:||Well built metal lens |
Excellant mechanical operation including autofocus
Fixed zoom length and only extends about 1" focusing
Relatively long (Cap+Lens+camera = 10")
Some flare and ghosting unless carefull
|comment:||I had the original MD 70-210 f4 used on a Minolta SRT101 (now that was a lens). I aquired a set of AF cameras 5000,7000 & 9000 and the AF version of the lens seemed a must, eventually I stupidly sold it. Still having a load of AF lenses after a year or two I got a couple of cheap Sony Alpha cameras to utilise them. recently I chanced my arm and bought a 'beercan' on ebay. What a result, as far as I can see it's virtually mint, with a metal lens hood clear lenses and not a scratch.|
No CA to speak of and on an APS-C sensor it's virtually perfect from corner to corner (I never had a noticeable problem with distortion on the film cameras anyway). with a crop factor of 1.5 the effective range is about 105-315 this complements the 18-70 (27-105) kit lens with one on each body.
From some of the other reviews I think that there may be some variation in quality - after 30 years use that's no surprise.
For £70 this compares favourably with a lens costing 10x the price second hand, pixel peepers may well feel the extra cash is worthwhile but to my 14mp eyeballs this lens is pukkah.
Since my original review I have started using film again in addition to digital. I have bought a 700si and a 600si, I prefer the latter. My beercan together with a 28-85 make an ideal pair of lenses for these.