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

reviewer#8480 date: Jan-4-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:- Sony DT 55-200 f4-5.6
- Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di
price paid:160 EUR
positive:- sharp even at f4, very sharp at f5.6
- nice colours
- full frame
- excellent build quality (it's heavy, it's reliable)
- good price
negative:- slow and loud AF
- CA at the far end
- prone to flare
comment:Didn't intent to buy this lens but could not resist a good price. I've compared it to Sony DT 55-200 f4-5.6 and to Tamron AF 70-300 f4-5.6 (I was trying to decide which one of them to buy and finally opted for Minolta!). Build quality is remarkable, image quality also. I have to admit that "new" lenses do have a bit better CA and flare resistance due to modern coatings. Very happy with it, now I'm trying to find a large enough "toploader" bag for it. :))

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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