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

reviewer#44384 date: Oct-11-2019
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 D
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35-80mm F4-5.6
Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO
price paid:Birthday Present
positive:Built like a tank.
Super cheap long lens.
Sharpness (for a 1980s lens).
negative:Weighs like a tank.
Loses detail in the distance at the long end.
Fair bit of CA on my copy.
comment:My parents bought me this lens with a Minolta Dynax 3000i and a Minolta AF 35-80mm F4-5.6 for my 16th birthday back in 1997, kindling my interest in SLR photography and cementing me to Minolta / Sony Alpha right up to the present day. I may therefore be a little biased, but I love this lens. It took great photos on the Minolta body, and continues to do so on my Sony A65v. My copy is the old one with the metal hood. This is my favourite lens, even though I now have newer lenses with modern coatings and tech, and which arguably take better photos.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 397
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 3.98
  • overall: 4.53
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