Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by aformaphoto
|aformaphoto#4427 date: Nov-24-2008|
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|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.