Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 (beercan) A-mount lens review by bill_bly_ca
|bill_bly_ca#9595 date: Nov-16-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||75 CAD Used|
|negative:||(Relativly) heavy vs 55-200SAM|
|comment:||This is my second Copy. |
Bought the first in 2008 and it had regular use until I bought the 70-200G in the fall of 08. After that the BeerCan only came out for the odd film shoot on the 700si or when the G was at risk of being damaged.
Sold copy #1 for close to the (overpriced) $200 I paid for it in the first place in Jan of '10.
Now I am going on travel where the G is overkill and I needed a simple equivalent. All told I would rather carry a 55-200SAM (which I typically borrow from my sister in these sort of events) but a visit to a local camera shop reveled a hoodless copy for $75.
Surprisingly I never did try it on the a850, which ownership of the first beercan overlapped by 3 months, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. While the lens is not up to the myth that precedes it, it is quite satisfying at the $75 price point.
Personally I would not pay more than $125 for a copy as you would be better off with the 55-200 SAM - But below $125 you are getting good value for the money (Especially if you still run a roll of film from time to time)
CA is too obvious under high back illuminated items.