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

reviewer#5413 date: May-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:18-70 kit lens
price paid:$238 (used)
positive:- Amazing Bokeh
- Built for defending yourself
- Internal telephoto extension
- Macro
negative:- Slow focusing on low light
comment:Great piece of glass for the price I paid for. I cannot afford any G lenses and this is as close as I can get to a G.

Bokeh for portraiture at full telephoto is just amazing. Set the A200 sharpness at +1 and beercan at F5 and viola! Sharp subject with strong details and blurred background. What more can you ask?

3D effect can be achieved by setting beercan to around F8, but you have to step back a little.

This little gem will never be sold. It will stay with me until the end of its life. My next lens would be the 50mm 1.8, that will be the last one for my arsenal.

My dream lens would be the Minolta 100 F2... I'm still wishing and hoping and praying for one!

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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