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

reviewer#9470 date: Oct-5-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:Minolta 50/1.7
Zeiss 135/1.8
price paid:110 GBP (used)
constant F4
negative:sharp from ~F7.1
purple fringing until ~F7.1
comment:This was my second lenses and I do like them a lot. On my APS-C (A55) I prefer them for nature/animals/sports shoots. I like its weigh and size, as its allows me to hold camera (hand on camera& hand on lenses) firmly.

Bokeh with those lenses is amazing (I really dislike Minolta 50/1.7 one). I have a few shots, which are unique due to that.

I use primes in lower light conditions, but for fair weather those lenses do deliver.
I had AF problems with object on water (shining background) and in lower light conditions, but apart from that is steady and reasonably fast. I used it for sport photography and with careful focusing I was able to get very good photos.

They don't make a good macro lenses but they are not intended to. Flare control is average (they are 20 years old, after all), so use hood!

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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