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

reviewer#9670 date: Dec-6-2011
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:70-400G
price paid:240 USD (used)
positive:-F4 across the range
negative:Auto focus speed is a bit slow
comment:Is soft at F4, need to step down at least F5 to get up to expectation sharpness.
Compare to Canon 70-200 F4, Beercan is much cheaper than it.
Sell it after I bring in the 70-400G.

26/4/2012 update:

Get 2nd copy of beercan as weight of 70-400G is overkill for portrait shoot.
Manage to find a sharp copy with wide open after tested several lenses. The optic performance is much better compared with my 1st copy, no front / back focusing on this lens make the sharpness on par across the range with wide open.
Furthermore, DIY to extend the hood to further improve on the flare performance.
Good to keep a copy if u manage to get a sharp copy.

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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