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

reviewer#9262 date: Jul-26-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:Various cheaper zooms
price paid:40 GBP (used)
positive:Handy range, great bokeh, decent sharpness
negative:CA when open wide
A tad too soft at its longest end
comment:Got this lens quite cheap as it had some minor scratches on the front element. Luckily they dont seem to affect photos at all, at least I havent run into any problems yet. Yes, this lens is built like a tank and for people used to modern plastic lenses -this will seem big and heavy.
But it really is a great lens for the price. I use it as a walkaround lens, together with 35-70 f4, decent for occasional telephoto shots and just purely awesome for portraits.
Definitely would recommend this to anyone on budget looking for a universal lens with good picture quality

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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