Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by A68noob
|A68noob#44549 date: Jul-11-2020|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 18-270|
Sony 70-300G SSM
Tamron 70-300 USD
|price paid:||basically few euros|
|positive:||+ built to last forever|
+ 1:4 macro mode at 1,1m (something rather unusual compared to other Minolta lenses i had from that era)
+ nice colours
+ on A68 usually fast AF (the torque really snaps in sometimes!)
+ replaces my unloved 70-300 lenses
+ literally no zoom creep
+ usually smooth bokeh - comparable to 70300G..
+ sharpness isnt the best, but really nothing to sneeze at (still better than my tamron 70300, about even with sony 70300G)
+ small 49mm filters
+ i dont own a hood, but still havent had flare issues..
|negative:||- quite a lot CA, obviously|
- old AF noises.. but nothing to really complain. only annoying when AF is pumping, otherwise its 'good'.
- not really light and rather long.. but as there is no zoom creepy and it is still lighter than inferior built 70-300 zooms.. there is nothing really to complain aswell. I have no problem carrying this lens + A68 for hours around my neck (unlike 70300G zoom creeper..)
|comment:||I read that this is the most reviewed lens on this site.. so i will tell you instead why this now 35yo lens is still valuable on modern +24MP sensors and overall fun to use!|
This lens literally has no zoom creep, because it is all built in metal(beercan) that doesnt extend.. resulting in the most amazing zoom usage i have ever experienced. I can operate the zoom easily from 70 to 210mm with a single finger.. without being a loose zoom - it just runs buttersmooth - it is a pleasure and feels amazing!
It gives good 1:4 magnification at 1,1m just like most 70-300mm zooms do.. but with more DOF, less light required (for stopping down, as it is F4 + less shutter speed as it is only 210mm = ~1/200sec). Overall better to use. On distance objects the difference between 210 and 300mm aint gigantic either..
I recently took a picture of a wasp with this and a way more modern, premium Sony 70-300G SSM lens. If i would show both pictures to a random person i bet they couldnt see the difference, as its just tiny/marginally. I can also only distinguish them at pixelpeeping (slightest CA).. and checking file data: 210mm to 300mm ;D
I bought this lens as a package of an old Minolta camera, Minolta bag, a flash + Minolta 35-80 lens. With shipping 37€ in total.. absolute jackpot!
Overall an amazingly fun, but not perfect (obviously) lens. Of course, some super ultra 6000€ lens will be way better in all regards, but as a normal hobby photograph.. this is about as good as it can get, considering the bargain price. Absolutely recommended, i love this lens. My favourite.