Minolta AF 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 II A-mount lens review by QuietOC
|QuietOC#28614 date: Jun-28-2016|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3|
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Sony DT 55-300 F4.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta AF 35-200 F4.5-5.6 Xi
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 70-210 F4.5-5.6 I
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 BBC
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO/D
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Tamron 18-250 F3.5-6.3
Tokina AF 35-200 F4-5.6
|price paid:||23 USD (used)|
|positive:||Small and light|
Nice ribbed rubber focus grip
Sharp wide open
|negative:||Purple fringing/haziness wide-open|
Slightly soft corners
Filter thread rotates with focus
Minor pincushion distortion
49 mm filter size
|comment:||Clean silver copy with original hood and caps that came in a beat up original box. "JAPAN"|
The zoom mechanism feels heavier than the I version and makes metallic noises like the kit lenses. Optical performance is very similar to the I version--very good central sharpness wide-open all the way to 210 mm.
The field-of-view is similar to the f/3.5-4.5 version and slightly wider than the older f/4 version throughout the range. The focal plane is more curved than the other lenses, but the center sharpness is better. Center sharpness is much better than the 100-200 F4.5. It has considerably less distortion than the 55-200.
It is slower than the 55-200 over most of their shared range. f/4.5 compared to f/4 at 70 mm. f/5 compared to f/4 at 100 mm. f/5.6 compared to f/4.5 at 135 mm.
It extends almost an inch more than the 100-200 and 55-200. It is slightly shorter than the 100-200 fully retracted.
Wide-open it shows a lot of purple fringing in high contrast areas similar to the 75-300, 35-80, and 24-85 lenses. The 55-200 has a similar issue wide-open on the short end, but is very well controlled at the long end. Both lenses are fine once stopped down to f/8.
The hood is useful on the 35-80 II kit lens for APS-C use.
Overall a decent full-frame telephoto kit zoom lens. I prefer the focus ring on this model, but the zoom control on the previous version. It is worth looking for a good copy of the slightly larger 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 instead.
Test chart comparison to the Minolta AF 70-210 F4, 100-200 F4.5, and 100-300 APO.