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

reviewer#8659 date: Feb-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 50mm
Minolta 28-135mm
Sigma 10-20mm HSM 3.5
Sony DT 18-70mm
price paid:250
positive:Sharp sharp sharp!!
Built to last
Beautiful colors
negative:Its longggggg and heavy
Bit of CA in certain situations
comment:I paid top dollar for this lens because it was advertised as a mint sharp copy. After testing it extensively, I quickly handed over the $250 :) nothing beats this lens on my A700 except my Sony 50mm 1.4 prime lens. And it's maybe the smallest bit sharper but barely. All of my hand held shots always look sharp, given that the light conditions are adequate. Its easy to get creative with the beautiful Bokeh it produces. Portraits always turn out well. Its built to last and I feel like I'm going to have this lens for a long time.

The only negatives are the slow AF and it tends to show some CA in certain scenarios but not really a problem. Again, I love this lens. If you ever find a good copy, don't let it go.

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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