Minolta AF 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by QuietOC
|QuietOC#23462 date: Dec-30-2015|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony DT 18-200|
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Sony DT 55-300 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 II
Minolta AF 75-300 BBC
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 100-300 APO
Minolta AF 100-300 APO D
Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Tokina AF 35-200 F4-5.6
|price paid:||14 USD (used)|
|positive:||Small and light|
Sharp wide open
Easy to service
|negative:||Purple fringing wide-open|
Slightly soft corners
Filter thread rotates with focus
Minor pincushion distortion
49 mm filter size
|comment:||Won on eBay with a $1 bid. The plastic focus rack had some grit and grease on it, but it was fairly easy to disassemble and clean. The focus action is now as smooth as the 55-200. The zoom mechanism is smoother than the 55-200. No hood. This lens was $150 when brand-new in 1994--$75 cheaper than the slightly larger 70-210 f/3.5-4.5. "JAPAN"|
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 similar. It has considerably less distortion than the 55-200. Resolution drops off a bit at the long end--more than the 55-200 and other 70-210 lenses but much less than the 100-200 f/4.5 zoom.
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.
Overall a decent full-frame telephoto kit zoom lens. It is worth looking for a good copy of the slightly larger 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 instead.