Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 APO A-mount lens review by livinginparadise

reviewer#11319 date: Aug-22-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Sigma 70-200 macro II
price paid:
Build Quality
Non removable tripod collar
comment:After using the sigma 70-200 Macro II a fair bit for quite a while I got an a99, a 85/1.4G and a CZ 135. A started to feel the limitations of the sigma - basically I never used it.

After AF micro adjustment of -7 The minolta 80-200 is significantly sharper than the sigma, although significantly less sharp than the 85 and 135 primes. AF speed is OK on the A99 (I assume the motor has been upgraded) the biggest AF problem is when making small adjustments to the focus - it doesn't like that much. Not much use for precise focus on moving subjects. The minolta is less likely to sail right past focus than the sigma though

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 42
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 4.88
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.81
  • flare control: 4.57
  • overall: 4.79
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