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

reviewer#44273 date: May-2-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Sony 55-300mm f4.5-5.6
Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G
Sony 70-400mm G
Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6
Sony 75-300mm f4.5-5.6
price paid:£30 s/h
positive:Fastest 210mm you can get without spending a lot more.

Results look good on the screen, if you shrink the image.
negative:Not particularly sharp if you look at 100%.

Downside of the metal build quality is the weight.

Slow autofocus if it starts hunting.

A small amount of colour fringing. Not much, but you can see it.
comment:Well, it's nice to be able to say you have one of these, but I wonder how much you will actually use it.

I've had two copies. The one I've kept was slightly better in terms of sharpness, but neither was great in that department.

Later lenses are much sharper (and lighter and quicker to focus) and with a modern camera body, you probably don't need the f4 speed advantage.

If you want genuine Minolta, the original Minolta 35-105mm costs about the same, is smaller, lighter and 'about' the same speed... and is certainly better over their shared range. You would probably get better results with cropping for a '105-210mm' result unless you're printing large formats.

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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