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

reviewer#3396 date: Mar-25-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Canon 70-200 2.8 IS
price paid:500€ (used)
positive:- General Optical Quality
- Lenght (less then competition)
- Quality Built (it doesn't shine, but it is really sturdy)

negative:- Minimum focus distance (but you can't have everything)
- AF speed and noise, aka no SSM. It also hunts.
- Minimum focal (70 could be a lot better than 80)
- Position of manual focus (impossible to use with lens hood in )
comment:One of my first lens for the Minolta system. My one was old and very used, and I used it more and more. I'm really satisfied. I use it almost everyday, i travel with it on my Alpha 700. Really nothing to complain about, really usable for me. I don't feel the need of a prime in the range 80-200, if not for macro. Better autofocus with A700 that Canon new 70-200 2.8 ISB & Canon 40DTW, I have full support for this from my usual camera repair shop.

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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