Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by FarmerJohn25

reviewer#5477 date: May-31-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:100-200mm f4.5
price paid:120 USD
positive:Great Bokeh
Excellent Metal Build
good zoom range
Love the colors
negative:May hunt a little in low light
really heavy
comment:Both the 100-200mm and the beercan are great lens, I would recommend both to anyone. I love both lens and got it for a good deal and you can too if you look hard enough.

Beercan: I paid 300 for 2 beercans, but sold one for 180.
-pros: slightly Sharper(not by much), Superior bokeh, love the macro even though it isn't true macro, wider zoom range, F4
-cons: more expensive, and heavier

100-200mm: Paid 80 bucks for a like new copy.
-Pros: cheaper; lighter; better for long hikes; Sharp; I think this lens produces better colors then the beercan, but that could be b/c I got a good copy.
-cons: would like more range. Thats about it, not many negatives.

If cost is an issue, go for the 100-200, you will not be sorry, but if you have money get the beercans, you will not regret it.

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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