Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by glencraig59
|glencraig59#8027 date: Sep-28-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Min 100-300 APO D, Min 75-300 BBC|
|price paid:||200 USD (mint)|
|positive:||Sharp across the frame wide open; constant aperture; solid enough for self-defense.|
|negative:||Be sure to use that hood!|
|comment:||I tested for sharpness as follows: I compared tripod shots at all focal lengths and apertures, looking at 100% on screen at an area one-third in from the left and bottom edges. I find my copy to be acceptably sharp wide open at all focal lengths except 210 mm. By "acceptably" I mean one can really only detect slight softness at 100%. All focal lengths except 210 mm were tack sharp by f/5.6.|
At 210 mm, sharpness was acceptable at f/5.6 and tack sharp at f/8, a loss of only one stop over the rest of the range.
Color is first-rate Minolta: why we are here.
I got a screw-on ABS hood from Mennon, a big improvement over the included clip-on.
My copy has shown it to be worth its reputation. The only reason I would spend more is for faster or longer; for what it does it is a gem.