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

reviewer#12064 date: Dec-19-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:MINOLTA 80-200 HS G
SONY 70-400 G SSM
MINOLTA 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
TOKINA AT-X 100-300 F4
price paid:670 GBP
positive:Image quality
Build quality
Internal focus
Razor sharp
negative:Weight, but thats a side effect of the build quality
comment:This is an absolutely superb professional quality lens, built to last for ever if looked after, the images have that 3D effect that pop out at you, and have that unmistakeable "Minolta colour"
I can see absolutely no difference in image quality between this lens and the white high speed version, yes technically the white version is faster focusing but in the real world the difference is almost impossible to detect although the sheer torque that goes through the lens may take a little getting used to.
It may not carry the G name but it is very much a G grade lens in every way, in use there is no doubt that you are using a very high quality piece of equipment indeed
The black paint does not chip or peel off unlike it`s faster brother and is more discreet when out and about, all together a Rolls Royce of a lens and a must have for any serious Sony/Minolta user.

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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