Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G A-mount lens review by Common Aussie

reviewer#10698 date: Nov-14-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Tamron AT-X 828 Pro SD (KA mount)
price paid:1250 AUD (2010 ex+)
positive:Sharp wide open at all focal lengths, colour rendition, build
negative:slight diffraction noticeable from F11 to F32 (see comments)
comment:For portraiture I have found this lens excels when used at F2.8-F6.7 with subject distances up to about 12m. Skin tones and textures are rendered naturally on both film and sensor and readily compare to those shot on medium format.

Diffraction starts around F11 (my copy) which lowered the rating for sharpness. From F2.8 to F11 it is sharp at all focal lengths.

Shooting with the lens hood attached, flare is rarely an issue. It's handled well when it is encountered.

This lens delivers such beautifully smooth tones and detail I doubt I will ever part with it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 97
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.76
  • overall: 4.90
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