Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 APO A-mount lens review by radi9red

reviewer#5924 date: Aug-28-2009
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:85mmG
price paid:
positive:- Razor sharp
- Wonderful minolta classic colours
- renders excellent micro details
- Internal focusing !
negative:-focusing slightly nosier than new digital lens
comment:(1) If you do your research carefully - the lens construction / optical schema is the exact same as the Min 80-200mm f2.8 G white lens. This model is the production before minolta decided to Label it G & coat it white for marketing purposes. (All thanks to canon in 1980s for having marketed their "L" lens and their tele-zoom are white). Thus minolta follow suit and pursue the "white premium dreams"

If you got this copy that seems to be under performing than the white 80-200mm , it's your copy that you're holding is probably a bad lemon copy.

(2) In actual fact,i would prefer this black version. Attracts lesser attention from bystanders , curious peepers and potential theives, it's easier to maintain. Just look at those white lens (80-200mm , 200mm APOG , 300mm APO G) after 10 years of usage (paint peeling, scratches on bodies etc). The white paint would simply have that yellowish tint on it, afterall which paint coatings colouring doesn't deteriorate after 10 years and above ?

(3) Optically - i had compared this lens to minolta 85mmF1.4 , 70-210mm , 100-200mm , 28-135mm, 100-300mm teleapo. It's on par to 85mm at f2.8 and surpasses all the above lens that i've tested upon at all focal length same f-spots. Pixel peeping at 100% , 200% , the micro details at f2.8 are all existent. Stopping down to F4 seems to sharpen it by 10% more. F5.6 makes not much differences comparing to F4

(4) Flare - CA control is superb.

(5) Focusing speed on my A700 is faster than what others claims.

(6) Weight is what i've expected from a f2.8 telezoom.

All i can say - this lens is a real classic excellent optical quality/ premium lens that can only be attributed to minolta earlier devotion to produce G lens.

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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