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

reviewer#4427 date: Nov-24-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:- Minolta AF APO Zoom D 100-300 4,5-5,6;
- Minolta AF 100 f/2;
- Minolta AF Zoom D 28-75 f2.8;
- Minolta AF APO Zoom D 24-105 3,5-4,5;
price paid:200 euro used
positive:- surprisingly very sharp at all focal lengths and apertures
- surprisingly beautiful bokeh
- useful in close-ups
- relatively fast lens but very portable yet
negative:- there isn't a depth of field scale like the older manual version MD Zoom 70-210 f/4
- fiter mount rotates when focusing
- some CA at corners at 210mm
comment:This tele-zoom, with an optical design coming from Leica-Minolta collaboration era, is a true gem.

The (legendary) beercan is surprisingly very sharp center to corner at 210mm, even at f/4, on Sony A900: at this aperture only vignetting is a visible issue. This is very impressive for a zoom.

The bokeh is the best among the Minolta AF lenses I own: I found beercan bokeh better than Minolta AF 100 f/2 or AF Apo Tele 300 f/4. I think this tele-zoom could be on pair with lengendary MC Rokkor 58 f/1.2, talking about bokeh.

I loved very much the older manual version MD Zoom 70-210 f/4 and this AF version too on film, but on Sony A900 the beercan really shines.

Praise to Minolta for this strong perfomer.

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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